It’s been awhile since we’ve had a highlights from the garden party – you really all do have some great ideas and posts each week. I always think of our weekly get-together as sort of a 21st century version of meeting over the picket fence sharing about our gardens: what’s working, what is not, what’s the name of that flower, and which variety of tomatoes produce the earliest. It’s fun and I’m so glad you are stopping by each week to share!
Last week Michelle at Simplify, Live, Love shared some ways she’s gathered free mulch for her plants and paths. But I was actually mostly blown away by this sentence:
My garden is 85% planted! So far, I’ve planted: 100 red onions, 100 yellow onions, 8 scallions, 3 types of potatoes, sweet peas, 2 types of green beans, luffa gourds, tomatoes, peppers, corn, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, garlic, a bunch of herbs and flowers, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts, carrots, kale, lettuce, spinach, and kohlrabi.
Whoa – you go girl!! I’ve got nothin’ on you!
Nicole from My Garden Diaries showed how this simple and sweet path made from pallet wood spruced up a neglected part of her garden. My favorite part? The fact that it was free and done quickly. Shoot, that was two favorite things, wasn’t it?
Shelly from Frugal Family Home showed some great step-by-step photos on how to plant tomatoes in a trench. I learned two new things from Shelly: 1) I can put a banana peel in each tomato hole and 2) dusting the ground with powdered milk after planting helps with blossom end rot. I knew calcium helped, but I’ve always heard to use egg shells for that, not powdered milk. Nice to have another option in our arsenal, I always think!
On my own home front, I look at this out my kitchen window everyday:
Two varigated boxwoods planted the same size at the same time and given the same care and maintenance, about 3 1/2 feet apart. The bush on the left is growing and lush, the one on the right…not. No new growth, dull leaves, sort of yellowing. But not dying outright. Oh this just kills me – whaa? (okay, not literally, but you all got that, right?).
I’ve watched this for months and now it’s for sure, so I’m on the lookout for another boxwood of a similar size. I just hope it’s not something in the soil!
Oh, and I want to ask you all – if you’re on Instagram, let me know in the comments and what your Instagram name is, ’cause I just got a smartphone for my birthday and the one thing I’m most excited about is Instagram! I want to see all your pictures!! I’m anoregoncottage – find me and I’ll find you! I’m just starting, but I’m going to really like it, I can already tell…