What Would You Plant Here?

Hello home gardeners, I need your suggestions!  You see a couple years ago my dad helped me build the  Blue Garden Shed.  One of the things I was eager to install was a green roof but I determined that I didn't have the knowledge or the money at the time to do it correctly. As s substitute one of the things I incorporated into the shed was a front door overhang.  I made the overhang so that it could be a planter box in effect it could have been a small version of a green roof.  The problem is - I never planted anything in it!  To this day the front door overhang planter box sits without a single plant growing in it. What I need help with are a few suggestions to what would look good in the planter box.  But that's not all, it has to be sustainable. …

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The First Snowfall of 2011

Technically my title is completely incorrect!  We did have snow in January and February but this is the first snowfall of the coming winter season.  And technically this isn't even officially winter yet.  I'm just breaking all the rules for this post! I'm going wild! Anyway...yesterday we had a light snowfall.  It was the kind of snow that was so wet that when contact was made with the ground it quickly melted into regular old H20.  What snow coverage we had on the grassy areas didn't last long as the air temps were too warm to maintain the frozen precipitation.  Despite its brevity the snow was pretty! Snow on pot of pak choy. Snow on deck. Snow on chives and blue fescue pot. Snow on pyracantha branch. Almost looks like ice. The backyard with snow. The Blue Garden Shed with snow! Grassy area shielded from snow by a butterfly bush.…

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Around the Garden in October

It's been while since I showed larger scale pictures of the garden.  Mostly because it was such a mess over the summer. Today I'll share a few photos of the various garden areas.  The resiliency of plants is simply amazing. With neglect, wet weather, dry weather, hot weather, and lack of time my plants seem to be doing fine! The Front Garden Walkway Right now in the front garden along the sidewalk you will see mums becoming the center of attention. The red mums to the right have been in the ground for several years and have gotten quite large.  I didn't cut them back even once this year and their timing seems to be just perfect.  The mums on the left side of the sidewalk are the 'Clara Curtis' mums I mentioned in an earlier post. The 'Autumn Joy' sedum is going to seed while the gaillardia is still…

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A Paving Stone Pathway with Dwarf Liriope

The past weekend I set out to complete small project with a little help from my gardening assistant. The goal was to put together a small pathway made from cheap concrete stepping stones that would lead up to the front porch area of my garden shed. Prior to this the area was weedy. So weedy that regular mowings were necessary to be able to walk through the area.  It was inconvenient to say the least and just looked bad. I began the project the other day by clearing the area of any and all weeds. It was mostly crabgrass which despite its annoyingly aggressive spreading nature is very easy to pull up. Once the area was cleared it was leveled.  A slight slope away from the shed was left so that any accumulating water would flow away from the building. Then newspaper was laid underneath as a weed barrier and…

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Garden Shed in the Morning (Photo)

Here's a quick look at my garden shed in the morning while a thin layer of fog was resting over the backyard. Two crape myrtles are planted on either side of the pathway but only one has bloomed - maybe next year the crape myrtles will achieve the effect I was hoping for.

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Happy Easter!

I won't be posting a Seed Sowing Saturday post this weekend since it's Easter weekend. I've included a dogwood picture and if you would like to read more about dogwoods I wrote post for the Tennessee Gardener online that you may enjoy.  Also for an update on the plants in my garden shed feel free to take a look at the video below. I hope you have a Happy Easter! This video was made with my Sony HDRCX130 HD Video Camera.

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A Little Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Since today is St. Patrick's Day and tradition dictates that we do all things green and as Irish as possible here are a few things green from my garden! We have green in the vegetable garden in the form of sugar snap peas, spinach, and lettuce! Other things haven't come up yet for a visit like the asparagus (which I just planted) and the potatoes. Time and the warm weather coming will give our plantings a growth spurt. I've mulched lightly around the sugar snap peas with grass clippings for an organic fertilizer (approximate NPK: 4-1-2) and for increased water retention in the soil.  Little 'Tom Thumb' lettuce is coming up! When it's time to harvest the lettuce these little lettuces will be somewhere between 3-4 inches in diameter. It's a cute little lettuce that kids should love. If you need ideas for a vegetable that will encourage your kids…

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Plants in the Garden Shed Update

I just posted a new update to the garden shed blog page. So far things are looking good! The garden shed is enabling my plants to get a head start on the growing season. Hydrangeas and viburnums are leafing out. Go take a quick look at the plants in my garden shed!

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A February Garden Shed Update!

It's been a very, very long time since I mentioned anything new with the garden shed. Today I went out and took a look around at my overwintered plants, watered a few things, and saw some good signs that most of my plants made it through the winter - at least so far! Garden Shed February Update!

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Making Plant Benches for the Shed

I'm another step closer to actually using the greenhouse garden shed I built. I actually have the structure up for my big plant bench. I just need to do a few more finishing touches! I'm thinking of painting it white eventually to add some light reflection but that will most likely have to wait until spring.

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