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Brick Edgers for the Garden

Just in case it takes me forevvvver to do a full post, I wanted to do a quick post on our new garden edging. First off…LOOK AT HOW BEAUTIFULLLL! (Click for bigger; I’m lazy tonight.) I will share more/better pics later on. Yes, that is still the storm door leaning against the front of the house from the termite debacle. (Sidenote: while placing the rocks during this project, I found termites under them…and I’m scared. They sprayed around the base of the house, so I’m not sure if I should be concerned that they’re a few feet out or not…?) […]

How to fix leggy seedlings

I am starting my seedlings this year under some office lights, in a storage bin, in front of a window, on top of the dog kennel. They get pretty good light, but some still get a bit leggy. And while eventually they’re just too leggy and it’s difficult, it IS easy to fix legginess in some seedlings, like tomatoes. This little guy qualifies as a bit too leggy for my liking. (Yes, I should also snap off one of those plants to avoid crowding…) See, tomatoes are actually sort of a vine. If you’ve ever had a butt-ton of cherry […]

Stop Crape Murder

It’s crape murder season! I’ve discussed the problem of crape murder before, and discussed how I prune my row of crape myrtles in front of my house. I know most people do it because they don’t know any better and see others doing it. And the trees DO usually look fine in the summer (though a little “truffula tree” to me). But do you want your trees to look like this all winter? (You may want to avert your eyes.) No? Didn’t think so. And if you don’t have those nubs yet, then you either have to cut off the […]

Seeds for 2013

As you read in a previous post, I am using the county fair as inspiration to grow this year, and to keep what I grow going through fall and pretty – so I can bring home some ribbons! (Maybe.) I’ve rounded up my seed order for the year (I think…), so here are the varieties I am planning on growing and where I am getting the plants/seeds from. I plan on using my cold frames to get starts out early (though not as early as I’d like). I definitely don ‘t have room to start anything in the house this […]

Starting seeds on top of the dog kennel…

Think you don ‘t have room to start seeds in your house? Think again, buddy. For a couple years, I had the luxury of a pretty sweet setup in the “cat room” and the shed. Then the cat room became the baby’s room and the shed got hit by lightning, killing the shelf (it sort of exploded/melted). But before that, I started seeds on top of my fridge. Almost everybody should be able to pull that off. And this year, I’m starting seeds on top of the dog kennel in the office. Yup. I bought a pair of under-bed storage […]