Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter garden at 23 degrees

It's finally been in the twenties long enough to make the ground more crunchy and now it's ready for pruning back the strawberry plants. Hopefully now in second year will get a good crop of berries. But if I'm still not successful I'll scrap the bed and switch to a strawberry pot. Here's a walk through!

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New Mexican butterwort thanks to Emiko Yang

The new Butterwort is sitting next to the herbs in the window. Although they're all going to have spend some time perhaps weekdays under the plant light I would think.

Emiko gave me a Mexican Butterwort last year when the office had gnat or some kind of no-see-um type of bug driving us crazy. But I had it in the kitchen during one of the destruction/renovaation days and it got covered with gypsum dust and soon bit the dust. This new one is absolutely huge and beautiful. She said by growing in clear plastic she was having far better productivity and now has them coming out of her ears.

According to Wikipedia:
The butterworts are a group of carnivorous plants comprising the genus Pinguicula. Members of this genus use sticky, glandular leaves to lure, trap, and digest insects in order to supplement the poor mineral nutrition they obtain from the environments. Of the roughly 80 currently known species, 12 are native to Europe, 9 to North America, and some in northern Asia. The largest number of species is in South and Central America.

This was the last one may it rest in peace or in my compost pile. Can you see the juicy bugs just sitting there in the sticky juice and waiting to be digested.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Compost pail

Christmas present from staff. Now thats an awesome gift!

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Well thats what they call it.  When it came to the office Lisa thought this has to be best day ever! Wasn't quite what she expected...

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Ok time to start my garden blog... again

Seeing Stacey's blog of her new adventures in California reminded me I started this blog and planned to keep a blog of my 2012 Garden. Well the 2012 garden is underway. I have already gone through all my seeds and cataloged them and made a list of what I need to order asap. I ordered a PotMaker from Burpee since my husband now subscribes to Wall Street Journal I'll have lots of paper to make pots from.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Raised Ranch House Plans by Architects Magnus

Raised Ranch House Plans by Architects Magnus

Digging in again

New Blog about Garden

I frequently post on Facebook about my gardening but as many on FB know it doesn't lend itself to returning to a post once it's more than a few days old. And everything I read is always encouraging me to keep a Garden Journal. However, in today's multimedia "landscape" and since I'm often uploading pictures, watching YouTube videos for how-to, ordering plants on line and such, it does seem to make a lot of sense to keep a journal as a blog. I do write and sketch but I even do most of my garden layout online on and entire home landscape so far on So the online blog begins.

The other reason for this blog is to document how gardening has become one of my coping mechanisms for recurring fatigue, pain and stress. It has fed my soul at times I really needed an outlet. I believe digging especially to be highly therapeutic so I also dedicate this blog to the digging we do daily to improve our lives and the weeds and other toxic things and people we need to permanently remove lest they return again and again.