Nancy and Darren have built picturesque flower frames and they call them Living Easels. Combining a found wooden frame plus rustic evergreen saplings for the easel poles, they made some beautiful garden decor. This blog post is a great big shout out to all the gardeners out there who are not only growing plants but growing beauty in their back yards. Nancy and Darren surprised me with their picturesque floral Living Easels and Tammy spruced up her strawberry pot with berries of a different kind.
Last year my cauliflowers killed my tomatoes. But I am a sucker for punishment so this year I wanted to see if the cabbages would do the same thing. So it is the first full week of July and the verdict is in. I think my cabbages are killing my tomatoes.
How does it feel to be a winner? I am happy for myself but thrilled for my team at Swag Design Factory: Liz, Barry and Ian. This is an example of them having faith in me and redesigning what I needed instead of what I wanted. Good Job! How did you know?
Soil Research shows improving Your Garden Soil by adding organic matter improves the world by reducing climate change. New York Times writer Kendra Pierre-Louis says soil research shows ordinary back yards are more likely to reduce climate change over parks. This isn’t the first time I have heard of gardeners saving the world one back yard at a time….”Terra Pretta: How the World’s Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change” impressed me last year. Adding Biochar is one way to permanently boost carbon in the soil and take carbon out of the air.
So to be clear I am still growing on the same amount of space but I now know its limitations. My outdoor garden is largely hugelkultur which means there are branches and wood piled on top of my sketchy soil. If I try to grow carrots on this wood pile they end up all gnarled as they try to push through the piles of branches.
Do you want to write your own book, record your own hits and misses, track your own milestones? Then the Gardeners Gratitude Journal is for you. We are adding Gardening Good News stories, timely tips and helpful quotes but leaving plenty of space so you can record your own garden memories.