A garden is a love song, a duet betweena human being and Mother Nature.

Monday, April 23, 2012

How To Stop Cut Worm

Cut worms can stop a garden before it is even started. I found a way to stop them without spending a dime.
Yes, Those are toilet paper rolls. I kept a container under my bathroom sink and I would just toss the empty ones in it all winter long. Paper towel rolls will do just as well...they are the same diameter, who knew?
Just cut them into rings, wide enough to be pushed down in the soil...about 2 inches. Some of mine are not wide enough. But little people hands were helping me...and they make it more fun.
Then just slip the ring over the seedling and secure it in the soil. The ring will decompose on its own. For those of you wondering, this is a pickling cucumber growing here. OH I cant wait for bread and butter pickles...yes, I will be sharing Nana's recipe.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gardening By The Squre Foot April Update

The strange weather has had its way with my garden this year. But I am not giving up! And the Cucumber aren't either. Sorry about the photo's, It was early AM and the Sun hadn't hit the spot yet.
We had a great crop of leaf lettuce, but with the hotter days it is starting to bolt. Alex went lettuce crazy and filled up his block pockets with the yummy leaves.
The beets seem to be coming along just fine. We lost a few in the cold-hot snaps. But they seem to be filling in. We will be planting more once the lettuce is spent...we like our beets.
Believe it or not this is the best looking tomato plant of the bunch (Black Cherry) A few other varieties were planted in the kids beds as well as some patio pots. We will see how they do. Pitiful things.
The peppers, leeks, basil and eggplant seem to have made it through all right. We had to replant the beans, something bit the heads off. Here I put my neat little toilet paper rings around them and then something go's and bites their heads off. UGH!
Peppers with Leeks in background
Here are my lovely Cucumbers....Ya for the cucumbers...I am very proud of the yellow flower here that will be a yummy pickle in a few weeks. All of them did very well, even the ones in the pots on the patio.
Here is my patio pots, they were full of weeds and yucky dirt, so we cleaned them out and washed them down and tucked in some veg and flowers.
Has anyone else been having trouble with the crazy weather? If so what type of troubles are you having? Let me know so I won't feel like a complete failure. Well, I can always blame it on the kids.

Don't forget to stop by on the weekends and share your gardening greatness.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Plant Review - Phlox David

A Plant worth sharing
Flower Review
David is one good looking perennial and he smells really good too. Yes, I have the hots for him.
I mean really just look how he glows, he seems to have some sort of inner light.
David stands about 4 feet tall just right for the back or middle of the border.
I have him in full sun on the south side in the Georgia heat.
I know not very nice treatment for your average guy but David really likes it HOT.
I start seeing Davids blooms a little after the 4th of July and it go's on until my birthday in September. Three months of flowers!
The scent is deep and warm and just gives me goose pimples.
He will produce enough flowers to cut and to just leave and enjoy in the garden.

Needless to say I highly recommend David.
He is easy to find many online stores carry him.

Please note I am not trying to sell anything just showing options to those who are looking to add David to your home and enjoy him as much as I have.

How to make a pot tower


What you will need
1 - 12 or 14 inch clay pot
3 - 10 inch clay pots
1 - 6 foot re-bar
1- Hammer
Potting soil
12 plants (Sun or Shade depending on location

1) Place your newspaper on the ground in your chosen location...this will keep the weeds from growing up.

2) Set your largest pot on top of newspaper.

3) Take the re-bar and put it in the center of the drainage hole and hammer it in 12 inches.

4) Fill your pot with soil.

5) Thread your first 10" pot by putting the re-bar thru the drainage hole and rest it on the soil in a tilted manner.

6) Finish threading the rest of the pots.

Note: If your re-bar is sticking out the top too far you can hammer it down further.

7) Fill the pots with soil and plant.

Water well, be sure to gently water your plants as the dirt wants to run over the lip. Once your plants grow up they will fill in and hold the dirt better.