Zinnias and Butterflies

One of the things I love to do, but often don't have enough time to do, is visit gardens. I like seeing what ideas other gardeners have had and taking a bit of their creativity back to my garden. We recently visited a farm and picked some pumpkins for the fall. While a farm and garden can be vastly different operations, many techniques and ideas can be used interchangeably. One simple thing that I thought was very neat was the mass planting of zinnias. I've grown zinnias many times over the years but usually only plant a few here and there. On the farm they planted a massive row of zinnias which attracted loads of butterflies! Zinnias and Butterflies The wide row of zinnia flowers was as long as the first pumpkin field.  Butterflies were EVERYWHERE! This made me start thinking about what we might do done the road on…

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A Temporary Way to Fix a Gravel Driveway Drainage Issue

A couple months ago we finally found and purchased land to build a new home and (of course) new gardens. No matter what property you have there will always be imperfections that need to be addressed in some way. One of the biggest problems with our property is the driveway. It's a LONG driveway that is approximately 1000' before you get to the main property. In my mind this is a feature and not a problem. It puts our home and bulk of the land behind other large acre properties which will give us privacy from the road. The actual problem with the driveway is with the very front entrance to the driveway. It's a gravel driveway with a steep entry from the main road. When it rains the gravel begins to wash away so I needed to come up with way to a fix a gravel driveway drainage issue.…

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