Monthly Archives February 2013

Late February Blooms

I’m going to take a break from talking about putting in our garden to show what is blooming around the yard right now. ‘Jane’ magnolia. A pretty apricot flower. A wild violet This hibiscus has a fancy name that I can’t remember. Some of the bulbs and wildflower we planted in our right-of-way are coming […]

Weekend Sprout PSA

Using liquid fish is a great way to add nitrogen to your garden without using a synthetic fertilizer. I mixed up this batch to pour on my onions.

(really crummy photos of) my garden, right now

Here are some really crummy iPhone photos of my garden taken at exactly the wrong time of day. But I figured I might do a quick overview of what’s happening out there. When Tom’s not quite as busy, I’ll have him go out at sunset with his good camera and take better shots. But in […]


“With so many trees in the city, you could see the spring coming each day until a night of warm wind would bring it suddenly in one morning. Sometimes the heavy cold rains would beat it back so that it would seem that it would never come and that you were losing a season out […]

Phase II of the Garden

Another video today. 🙂 Enjoy!

mail-order gardening

Whenever I talk to people about my garden, the one thing they always seem surprised about (besides the fact the entire thing is in containers) is that I get a lot of plants via mail order. I’ll admit, when I started gardening, the idea of ordering a plant and having it sent in the mail […]

Taters and remediation

After the whole tire fiasco, my brain had a light build moment and somehow it came up with this growing receptacle from the potatoes. I picked up a 50ft length of metal fence from Lowe’s, and a bale of straw from Marshall Grain and…Presto! I cut the fence to make the diameter around 2.5 ft. […]

Flower Bed Update

I opted for a video today. 🙂 Enjoy! ‘Cause I know Chel is gonna ask, the hibiscus is Bahama Bay Enlightenment! We couldn’t resist!

pollinators and planning: Project Bee

I’ve been thinking a lot about pollinators lately. I have a few plants outside (beyond the screened in lanai which holds the bulk of my garden) that require pollination and NONE of them have grown fruit/veggies this season. Just last year (or maybe it was the year before?) I was getting tons of peppers and […]

Square one

So last week I had the bright idea of doing a search for tires on Craigslist. I was looking for old, used, worn out tires. For free. To use in the garden. Something different to grow my potatoes in. Most years, by the time I get the onions and potatoes planted there isn’t much room […]


As you can see we’re pretty full on the seed starting side of things at the moment. Some of these will be put in the flower garden, others, like the tomatoes, will find their way into the vegetable garden. Sometime. Hopefully soon! We’ve also got a few brugmansia rooting and Chris trimmed up the gardenia […]

a day in the life of a hibiscus

I have a “First Kiss” Hibiscus in my garden that I picked up several months ago at Home Depot. The blooms are an apricot color, and the longer they are open, the paler they get. If we get a cool snap, sometimes the blooms will last two days (usually Hibiscus only bloom for a day). […]