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Posted: 27 Mar 2013
Been a long time!
Posted: 25 Mar 2013
What to do about my flooded yard?
Posted: 26 Aug 2010
My new house!
Posted: 19 Aug 2010
So what is it? * Updated
Posted: 03 Nov 2006

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Seeds in the ground!

Category: My New Garden | Posted: Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:58 am

I spent most of the weekend and this week clearing this whole area and digging out to make it somewhat level.

Since the bushes give partial afternoon shade I started lettuce in this bed since they don't mind being shaded in the hottest time of the day here.

Grandpa Admire's Lettuce on the right, a heat tolerant butterhead. Yugoslavian Red on the left, also a butterhead type.

I tried potatoes last year in black bags and they did really badly. My daddy said the roots might have gotten too hot. This year I'm trying white. I can also move these around as space/sun is needed. I'm trying Yukon Gold this year.

Garden started March 27, 13 ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )

We have a frost going on tonight so I'll have to wait on the other plants. I have a lot started and some that need to go in the ground soonest. But it feels wonderful to be able to play in the dirt.

That area to the right in the back is the herb garden in it's infancy. I found no less than 2 wheelbarrow loads of bricks buried under a ton of dirt. I did find a use for them, I put them around the edges of my new bed to keep mud splashes at a min hopefully.

The space in the back and to the left gets loads of sun so there will be two beds there, beans and cukes probably. I'll also be adding flowers in and around the beds.

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Been a long time!

Category: My New Garden | Posted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:59 am

I know, I know! But 6, now 4, teenagers have kept me so busy I've rarely had time to do much more than fall into bed in a stupor most days.

I did want to share my pretty bushes though. I know most places are still cold but gladly I don't live in those places lol. I'm not a good cold weather kinda gal.

Hopefully I'll finally have a bit of free time this year as most of the kids are nearly grown. I'm planting my garden soon so I'll actually have something to take pictures of!

( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )

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What to do about my flooded yard?

Category: My New Garden | Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 2:37 am

My yard floods, badly. The only spot that doesn't stand in water and gets sun because it's not under a ton of trees is in the back right side of my yard.

But, it has a ton of roots on top of the soil.

I was doing square foot gardening at my old house and I want to continue it here as well. But there is no way I can do it without either removing the roots (not gonna happen) or building that area up.

The only solution I can think of is to use all the mulching stuff that we removed from around the yard to lay a barrier down, then put my 12 x 4 beds on top of it.

Would using old mulch, that is mostly leaves and pine needles, be a problem you think? I could cover it with black cloth to keep the weeds and pokey nature of it down.

It would also serve a purpose in keeping the garden raised enough to not sit in water.

Lay of the land ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )

Mulch again ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )

Huge pile of 'mulch' ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )

Eventually I'd like to build a little raised deck with built in beds somehow. But that will have to come after a ton of other things.

I'd love to hear your comments and/or any other solutions.

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My new house!

Category: My New Garden | Posted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:39 pm

We bought a house! The inside is a bit older but that's part of it's charm.

The yard is pretty much a blank slate.

I've spent days and days raking. There were pine needles and leaves piled up around every tree and up against the house. In some places it was 2 feet thick! Bug harboring mess.

I do have an idea to use the stuff I raked up. I'll post about it to see if it's a valid idea.

Thanks for looking!

Front of house ( photo / image / picture from LittleSister's Garden )

You can check my photo album for the rest of the pics

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So what is it? * Updated

Category: Flower Pics | Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2006 2:13 am

I was told this was a Coral Vine, but it certainly doesn't look like one, nor is it a vine. It's a small tree, large bush. The flowers resemble slipper flowers and has wicked sharp thorns.

It's about 6 foot tall. It dies back and returns year after year. It's about 22 years old.

Been on the corner of my grandmothers porch for nearly as long as I can remember. I know us kids hated it because of the thorns, you have to be careful running off the porch lol

I thought I wanted to take some with me until I saw what a job it was going to be to get any of it. Have no clue if it can be started with a slip or not.

At least I got photos earlier so I can see it whenever I want. The old house is slated to be torn down next year.

Well, well. I found out what it is.

Erythrina crista-galli Cockspur Coral Tree

Close enough to the coral vine name I guess. Can grow up to 20 feet. I wonder if the colder climate keeps it this small?

I can start one with either the seeds or softwood cuttings in early summer, or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer, both with bottom heat.

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The last hurrah!

Category: Flower Pics | Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:30 pm

I have been so busy with packing and organizing that I miss being out with the flowers.

Dh bought me a new camera so I thought I'd take some pics of my current garden to relax. The bugs must be getting ready for a well earned vacation soon as they were everywhere.

I'm hoping to be able to take some of these lovely blooms with me. They are still blooming their hearts out right now. Nice to see a bit of color when the days get shorter.

Last edited: Thu Nov 02, 2006 10:31 pm

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