Gardenia Garden Beds

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Garden bed update: 2 of the 3 beds are finished! Looking at how things are shaping up, this was definitely a good idea for the back yard, but let's back up in case you missed some of the backstory: At the last update, I mentioned that the fence to the right of my house is my neighbor's, and it's simply just seen better days. I'm guessing, but most of the damage appears to be caused by the planting of bamboo directly next to the fence, so word to the wise: don't ever do that. While … [Read more...]

Easy Pot Succulents: A Trick for Small Containers

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Growing things: it's not my strong suit. BUT, I have been getting better over the years, and with a record-breaking number of seven plants in this house still thriving (office, laundry room, kitchen, dining room, AND the living room), my skills with indoor plants are ever-expanding. So, I decided last week to retry keeping succulents alive for May's small DIY project. Thinking back on previous succulent casualties, I think my biggest mistake was probably a combination of over-watering … [Read more...]

Summer Beauties

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It occurred to me today as I was filling up yet another wheelbarrow full of mulch that I have been sharing some other gardening news on Instagram, but haven't yet shared it on here. My hydrangeas are back, and they're basically the prettiest things I own. Even prettier than Charlie, but that's because she jumped my fence this morning and I'm mad at her, so she looks like trouble to me instead (kind of like when she climbed on my roof). All of the pine straw seems to be working its … [Read more...]

Lasagna Gardening: Layering a Raised Garden Bed

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I hope those of you in the states had a happy, safe, and productive holiday weekend! I spent part of mine working on my garden beds: The good news: all of the garden beds are now buried in their rightful spots in the dirt (sweet!). These three long garden beds were basically FREE thanks to some leftover materials I had from building this part of my fence (which was also basically free since my sister had these items left over from her fencing project, so it was win-win-win). I originally … [Read more...]

The Azaleas Bloomed!

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It's no secret that as far as gardening is concerned, I'm still a beginner. Or even less than a beginner. A nonstarter? A plant killer? Anyway, point is, I was a little fearful that the trauma my azaleas experienced earlier this spring might keep them from blooming. Which trauma, you might ask? This: I mean, if 2,000 pounds of tree landed on top of me, I don't think I'd be doing much of anything, either. But, it turns out, these beauties are a hell of a lot stronger than I ever … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Troublesome Trees

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Happy... um, Tuesday? Wednesday? This week is flying by! Normally, I'd be in a great mood today, since I usually look forward to hot yoga days (I'm still making progress on that goal to get back into shape). But this past Sunday, I chose to torture myself and run the 4.5-mile and 20-something-obstacle test of stupidity known as the Spartan Sprint. I've got a huge scrape along my stomach, blisters, and big bruises on top of smaller ones, so moving isn't exactly my favorite thing to do right now, … [Read more...]

Diggin’ Up Bones

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My calendar originally had today's spot reserved for an update on my moving announcement from earlier this year. I like to share more personal things on Fridays, but after yesterday's 2600+ word post, I've used up all my available brain cells that know how to edit things (plus, it's Friday night, so... beer). So even though that post is written, it will have to wait until next week until I can give it a polish (look for that sometime around Wednesday). But, I still feel the need to give you … [Read more...]

Flowers Gone Frankenstein

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It figures... just as I'm contemplating moving out of my house this year, I've finally found flowers for the mailbox that would work for me every single year and require so little maintenance that I've had to do zero upkeep on them. ALL SUMMER. And they look even better now than when I first planted them. A few months ago, I mentioned that yellow flowers are a great idea if you're trying to sell a house. According to experts, they draw the eye better than other colors – which is, of course, a … [Read more...]