Sunday, June 26, 2011

The garden hums along

Haven’t been able to post as many updates about the garden as I’d like, but been keeping busy with landscaping work and my part time job. The Butterfly bush, Agastache, Coneflower, and Panicle Hydrangeas are all coming into bloom now and the bees are hard at work collecting pollen. Summer squash, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes are all looking great! I’m excited to start having some delicious sandwiches and vegetable dinners! I noticed since putting in the bird feeders that the squirrels aren’t bothering with the veggies this year. Last summer, I found tomatoes scattered about all over the yard, and even caught a few of those furry pests red-handed as they climbed the trees with the fruits in their mouths.

Haven’t done much with the AeroGarden lately. The lettuce I was growing in there was not overly impressive…a bit lanky and lacking in substance. Going to try some herbs next…we use basil almost constantly for wraps.

That’s it for now, hope to have more to post in the coming weeks!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Show and Tell, Garden Edition

Not to brag or anything, but I’ve assembled quite a collection of photos of the garden on my Flickr account, and just as I thoroughly enjoy looking at all the pretty pictures in garden magazines like Better Homes and Gardens, and Southern Living, I thought I’d share mine for your enjoyment as well.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Gardening for Charity

Ever thought about growing fruits and veggies for charity? You can! Next time you go to plant your vegetables for the spring and summer, set aside a patch of your garden for the Food Bank. Donate your harvests from that section of your garden, to help feed the less fortunate in your area. I’m proud to be doing it again this year, growing squash, tomatoes, and cucumbers, in raised beds that make it easier to grow more vegetables in less space.

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Visit http://www.foodpantries.org/ to find a food bank near you!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bees, Butterflies, and Blooms

After working on a few small planting projects around the yard (Pachysandra beneath the kitchen window, next to the walkway, and Caladiums and Hostas out front), I snapped a few more pictures of some of the shrubs and perennials starting to flower with the onset of the hot weather. Starting to see butterflies, a few hummingbirds, and bees coming out to sip nectar. Good to see the native flowers I planted paying off. I added milkweed, baptisia, coreopsis, and agastache this year to help out our insect friends whose populations have been falling dramatically due to overuse of pesticides, destruction of their natural habitats, and a number of other reasons. Hopefully by doing my part and encouraging others to help out as well by choosing native plants for their gardens, we can help restore our vital ecosystems and give our flying friends a chance at a comeback.

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