Your Labor Day Weekend Garden To Do List!

Just what you want right?  Even more things to do in the garden.  I'm sure you have everything perfect.  Everything is mulched to 2 inches high.  Every weed is pulled and the gardens are in pristine condition!  Not our garden, not even close! An extra long weekend is ahead which (unless you've been deluged with rain from Isaac) will give all of us gardeners a good opportunity to get a few things ready for fall.  So what should we be doing in the garden to get ready for fall over this Labor Day weekend? Here's a to do list! A Labor Day Weekend Gardening To Do List Get those beds cleared up and ready!  Pull out the old fading plants, add mulch, and get those garden beds back into shape.  Ragweed and crabgrass are flowering now so get them pulled before they go to seed and you will have fewer…

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In and Around the Garden

The end of August is nearly here and the garden is shaping up for its conclusion.  Hopefully it will be a spectacular finish where the flowers bloom out and blend with the foliage as it turns into flaming reds, oranges, and yellows.  That may be the proverbial pipe dream as the weather has been strange this year and we don't know how well the trees will retain their foliage and what colors they might display.  Cherry tree leaves We're already losing the leaves off of the cherry trees.  They tend to be the first to drop leaves in the fall.  The sassafras trees are beginning to change their coloring as well.  Next week I'll make an announcement about the Fall Color Project that I host each year here at Growing The Home Garden. You'll be able to see autumn foliage from around the country and even in other countries!  For…

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A Gardener’s Garage Remodel

This month's Creative Ideas Project with Lowe's and Growing The Home Garden is all about organization!  By using a $100 gift card donated by Lowe's I've redone a part of my garage to make it more useful for our whole family - not just the gardener!  I think the main problem people have with organization is that they don't have placed to put things.  I know that is true with our family.  Just having a location for our stuff makes keeping organized a lot simpler.  This remodel has also created a place to store my gardening supplies which I really didn't have before.  The project is not completely finished yet but let's take a look at how it looks today! The garage has always been a place of entry for our house.  We use it much more often than either the front or back doors and so its a natural…

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5 Fall Vegetables for Your Garden

Fall is creeping closer and closer each day which brings to mind cool evening breezes, pumpkins, festivals, the Fall Color Project (more on that later), and of course the fall vegetable growing season.  Most gardeners seem to garden almost exclusively in the spring or summer and don't even consider the fall.  It's probably since starting plants this time of year can be tricky.  Fall plants in Tennessee need to be planted early enough to have a couple harvests before the frosts come and often the temperatures are not conducive for easy germination of seeds.  Spinach Once started fall vegetables will do fine through the early frosts and will continue to grow (albeit a little slower) until the cold sets in for good when they go dormant.  Once spring comes back around the fall vegetables can spring back too and provide you with a delicious early harvest! 5 Fall Vegetables For…

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A Mix of Natives for Wildflower Wednesday

Over at Clay and Limestone Gail celebrates the diversity of native plants with Wildflower Wednesday so I thought I would join in this week to share a few of the native plants I've run across over the past week.  Let's start with a shrub!  This is what I believe to be a gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa).  It has white clusters of flowers that eventually change into these nearly white berries.  As you can see someone has snatched a few berries - must have been the birds! Rudbeckia is a favorite of many gardeners for some good reasons: low maintenance, it looks great, feeds the birds, makes pollinators happy, and has a rather cheerful general disposition in the garden!  In this picture my rudbeckia is intertwined with a lilac verbena.  Verbena is another great plant for the pollinators. I spotted this tall white wildflower over the weekend.  I think it may…

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Feels Like a Fall Morning

This morning's cool temperatures made it feel like my favorite season is well on its way.  Of course autumn is coming but the extra cool August temperatures we're having have me hoping for an extended fall season.  Here's a look at a few things from around the garden this morning! 'Arizona Sun' Gaillardia - Blanket Flower is a good native plant to have around.  It works well as a border plant at the front of gardens that tend to be relatively dry.  I've grown 'Oranges and Lemons' before but lost the last one to aster yellows disease.  I've removed every plant I've seen that shows the aster yellows signs so hopefully we're in the clear. 'Primal Scream' daylily - I was surprised a couple weeks ago when I saw another scape growing from this daylily!  I don't think 'Primal Scream' is normally a rebloomer, but maybe I hit the jackpot. …

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Organizing a Gardeners Garage

What does a gardener's garage look like?  Before you put an image into your mind please realize that the photo I'm about to show you is extremely embarrassing.  My garage has never been a priority for me - the garden has been!  When you add three kids to the mix who never seem to be able to put something back where they got it from you have a recipe for a messy garage.  But thankfully Lowe's and Creative Ideas are giving me the motivation to tackle this unorganized disaster area.  I'll show you the before photos in a moment, but first let me tell you what we use our garage area for and it isn't for cars.  We don't park there, even though we would love to, our garage is an activity/storage area.  For me the garage is where I have grow lights set up and where I start my…

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How Tall Should a Raised Bed Be? (5 More Raised Bed Design Tips)

Have you ever wondered exactly how tall a raised bed should be?  Here's the answer: 11 and 5/16ths.  Yep that's right, 11 and 5/16ths.  Of course not!  The real answer is that the height of a raised bed is dependent on a number of factors which makes each situation different.  Today's Friday Fives post is another raised bed design post all about the height considerations when building a raised bed.  Hopefully this will be helpful as you plan you fall garden or even your spring garden for next year! 5 Considerations for Determining How Tall A Raised Bed Should Be! The most important thing for your plants is the soil.  It has all the nutrients and its where all the water will be stored after rains.  If you have rich, compost like soil already than you don't have to worry about how tall your bed will be.  In fact then…

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August in Bloom in My Tennessee Garden

With summers in Tennessee you never know exactly what your going to get.  Usually you expect dry and hot.  That's a pretty safe bet.  But lately the temperatures have reminded me of fall.  The scents are on the wind.  Fall blooming plants like goldenrod and ironweed are beginning to flower.  The smell of fall is in the air - but summer isn't over yet.  When you add to the more pleasant weather with the rains that have been coming down on a somewhat regular basis you end up with a pretty nice climate for gardening!  Since things have been shaping up in the garden let's take a look around at what is in bloom. Garden Blogger's Bloom Day August 2012 Let's start with the rose pictures!  This rose is a double knockout that really needs a better spot in the sun.  It does seem pretty happy here with morning sun…

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Over the Weekend

Mowed the lawn - check. Weeded the shed gardens - check. Weeded the sitting wall garden - check. Weeded and mulched the mailbox garden - check. Weeded the corner shade garden - check - kind of. Weeded the birdbath garden without a birdbath - check - kind of. Cut back a 'Powis Castle' artemisia that was long and leggy - check. Found out 'Powis Castle' artemisia was rotting at the crown - boo. Sadly removed 'Powis Castle' artemisia - check. Looked around and reassured myself that I had made several other backup artemisias through cuttings - check. Moved large sitting rock underneath a witchhazel to compensate for the expanding size of the witch hazel - check. Mulched the mum garden and grumbled about rabbits - check. Moved stepping stones near my plant holding bed - check. Cooked Chicken Parmesan for dinner - check. I enjoyed the weather this weekend!  How…

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