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Contained Raised Beds? NO WAY!

I see contained raised beds in magazines that are showing off someone’s beautifully laid out garden. Some are quite elaborate and look lovely. The walled raised beds used in landscaping (for example to control erosion on a hill) make a great improvement to the property and if one can afford the expense and labor in constructing them they should last for a long time.

Our framer of years past (my husband is an artist) had a stone wall that enclosed a flower bed. She had an infestation of copperhead snakes —–read more—-

10 Reasons to Mulch

March 18

Its only when the ground is frozen solid or snow is on the ground that I can’t really do anything in the garden and yard — except maybe peek at the lettuce under the cold frame.  This past February was such a month, so I lost almost an entire month of enjoying my yard and garden.

Fortunately most Virginia winters are such that I can accomplish a lot outside and get a jump on things before green growth takes over.  For me anywhere from 40 to 60 degrees is perfect for working outside.

In January this year I cut the ornamental grasses (I usually wait until March), and cut back some leather leafs and variegated shrubs that we use as a hedge along the side of the property that had grown about 10 to 15 feet tall. The mocking birds and thrashers loved them and were becoming quite prolific.  Both are aggressive birds and —–read more—-

Gardening Without Work?

Gardening without Work?  How about 10 to 30 minutes a day?

March 1

My way of gardening is probably as close as you will come to gardening without work, but to be successful in any endeavor without effort (action) is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.

Making a living has always consumed a great deal of our time in life so I have had to find ways to make the most effective use of my limited time in the garden (and in the kitchen) in order that I can have good food to eat and time to prepare it.  By imitating nature my risks and disappointments are kept to a minimum and I have far more triumphs than failures and there are dozens —–read more—-