Over on the sunny left side of the house, we put in two garden boxes, purchased black mulch, the first box was going to be my cutting flower garden, second one our organic vegetable/strawberry garden for us with herbs for our house rabbits. After we set the whole thing up, our new next door neighbor informed us that black mulch is dyed and that dye can get into the roots of these edible flora. Good to know, wish we knew it sooner.
my creative home-business and he on his-(www.urban-antiqueradio.com) I'm finding myself anxiously trying to finish up on house and garden projects for what possibly might be leaner days ahead.
Now that I've finally learned a thing or two and yanked out all the strawberry plants to be replaced by colorful perennials, I say, " Behold Neighbors! My new cutting flower garden boxes. Of course I want to go crazy, I bought scores of perennials those that bloom Spring-to-Fall mostly-as a novice gardener and artist I want long lasting COLOR, why have a garden otherwise, say I.
By last night my creative juices were flowing so I bought some used clothing off eBay to make an elegant scarecrow. I searched Youtube for directions to make a sturdy one, but didn't find anything to my liking. So stay tuned as I create my own scarecrow. Directions and pictures too. My goal is to make a garden to make a noble old home proud and to entertain us and the folks who walk by our place.
In the mean time, here's the ten things I've learned as a novice gardener:
1. Buy the blue Hosta's with thicker-waxy-like leaves, harder for whatever it is that chews the crap out of the other ones.
2. Don't buy dyed mulch
3. Use Newspaper or fabric or both, then pile Four inches of un-dyed mulch on top to discourage weeds from growing-four inches being the target number.
4. Some people hate mint but I plan to pack a bunch in to crowd out weeds, besides you can always sell what you pull up on Craigslist.
5. Look at other people's yards to see what does well and buy those shrubs that you like.
6. Hydrangeas solve a lot of problems and even look good when dry. Think Nantucket.
7. Don't be so anxious to plant like I am as you will have to dig up at a later date and re-arrange for a better display. Planting flowers and shrubs is like arranging furniture.
8. Think twice about buying stuff that has runners, like Forsythia unless you want to populate a whole area.
9. If you're a lazy gardener or have little time, think twice about growing tall flowers with delicate stems, after a storm your garden will look bushwhacked. They'll be lying flat on their faces.
10. If you grow a cutting flower garden you will have birthday gifts available Spring-Fall, unless you live in warmer climates then you have more access to instant gifts.
Oh and here's one of my newest magnets for the novice and not-so-novice gardner, it can be purchased here: smirkinggoddess