Monday, March 30, 2015

BHG's Blogger Awards ...And the Winner Is...

Digging, the blog by garden writer Pam Penick is this year's best, and she thanks everyone for their votes here.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Garden Shopping 102

A light drizzle today turned into a blustery pouring rain.  No worries, I needed a pruning saw and a few other things from the Let's Do It shoppe: Home Depot.

Usually Home Depot lacks the whimsy that I find at Menards.  Today, however they had some fun stuff.

Who knew there were Martha Stewart seeds?

I didn't see any I wanted but interesting to know they carry these as well as Ferry Morse and Burpee.

I found these little wooden crate herb boxes charming but didn't get them.

I have an old metal shelf in the garage that would be nice for my house plants on the pseudo-deck.  It is currently gun metal gray.  I've seen lots of examples of charmingly painted shelves lately so we're going turquoise.  It will be beauteous.

So many of my trees and shrubs need trimming and shaping.  We must have five different pruning loppers but the need a lot more strength than any of us have. 

I finally have an actual pruning saw.

My beloved iron garden shelves in many shapes (including a bicycle) have needed something that would hold plants or pots without the things falling through the spaces in the ironwork.

Florists moss is often suggested, but it is expensive, hard to find, and comes in tiny bags.

These cocoa hull (?) liners were reasonable and may be my answer.

I'm no fan of seed tape, having tried it once long ago with nary a sprout.  I am apparently easily swayed by Insta-Grow plants in clever containers.

Miracle Gro has these cuties:

With Easter next weekend I'm in full egg mode so I needed these:

Somehow in recent years I've developed a love of watering cans so these went in the cart:

I don't need any plant labels but we're talking Mickey Mouse.  They also had Goofy and Disney Princesses.  Seriously.

Though they're not remarkable, these jumped in my basket.  

Garden dreaming !

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Better Homes and Gardens 2015 Blogger Awards Voting

One of the blogs on my gardening blogroll Digging mentioned that it's time to vote for the 2015 top garden bloggers.   I thought I'd add them all to my blog roll for the nonce so I can enjoy them.   Take a look and vote if you wish:

Digging: Cool Gardens in a Hot Climate

Floret Flower Farm

Garden Betty: Diary of a Dirty Girl

Gardening Gone Wild: Your Weekly Infusion of Garden Passion

Growing With Plants

The Gray Boxwood

The Horticult

Small Town Gardener: Conversations in the Garden

Urban Gardens: Unlimited Thinking for Limited Spaces

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blogger Stats

You may already use your built in Blogger Stats, but I haven't been looking at them, always checking Sitemeter instead.  As you can see below, the Stats are actually much the same as Sitemeters and less invasive.

You need to be logged in to see them is the only difference convenience wise.  If you use the Popular Posts widget and also look at the individual post views (under Posts) you have a good idea of readership.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Too Close For Comfort

My beagle has turned stalker. He follows me everywhere. 

When I try to stretch out on the couch he jams himself in and pushes against my ever arthritis sore legs to make more room for himself. 

Whine whine whine.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Groundbreaker

Here we have an 8x10 Glossy of my garden workhorse The Groundbreaker.

 Needs cleaning and sharpening.

 Figure A Groundbreaking Landscape Tools.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Raised Beds : Getting Ready for Spring Planting

I've been working the soil in my raised beds with a hoe, just loosening things up.

I'm pleased that I spent extra time in the fall making sure all plant roots and leaves from the season were gone.  The previous year I had done a terrible job and it was a mess come spring.

Though I took care of that sort of thing, I still have tree feeder roots in the beds so I have to go back with my Groundbreaker and chop those bad boys out.

It is the big guy that looks like it has a double headed axe.  It has never met a piece of hard ground or a tree root it couldn't persuade to leave town.  My favorite tool.