Category: Gardening

One bed down and more to go

By , June 21, 2008 4:17 pm

Just got through with the first planting bed. Built it up out of rock, broken chunks of cement and old bricks. Laid down newspaper to keep down the grass and weeds, then put in a layer of dried leaves and grass clippings, and then 10 forty pound bags of topsoil. Bought the topsoil to speed it up as I just ain’t got the energy to get out and dig it all up this time around. Put in several kinds of peppers and a slew of tomatoes. Haven’t counted them but I think around 40 plants. Now that the sun is off of them for the day I watered it all good. Will water again either later this afternoon or early in the morning.

Got another 10 bags of organic humus in the truck I just went and got to do the second bed as I still have tomato plants and a pepper plant or two left to put in. Also got some sprouting potatoes and a few onions I need to get in the ground. Looks like this next bed will be mostly brick around the sides and not quite as big as the first but a bit deeper. Doubt that I will get it put in today. May get out there and start laying the brick out but that will be about all as I am sore from top to bottom from the bending, digging, hauling, and stooping. Maybe I’ll get it done tomorrow, and if not Monday.

Think I’m gonna go and lie on the couch, read, and cool off for a bit. Till later…

The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers

By , June 1, 2008 10:55 am

The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers

I can certainly think of the 7+ weedy sins of the garden but knowing how to cleanse my garden of these weeds is even better. Especially if it can be done cheaply and with household items. Murdering weeds is a fun past time.

So, for your reading enjoyment, here are The 7 Deadly Homemade Weed Killers, guaranteed to help you eradicate the weeds you find in your garden.

Good list of mostly nontoxic ways to kill weeds.

Boiling water is also a good nontoxic way to kill red ant hills. Just put a (long) stick in the center of the hill and move it in a circle to make a funnel shaped hole in the center and quickly pour the boiling water into the hole so it spreads throughout the hill and gets the queen and eggs as well as most of the workers.

In Chicago, a secret garden cools a concrete jungle

By , April 3, 2008 9:02 pm

In Chicago, a secret garden cools a concrete jungle

Cool! In several ways… πŸ˜‰

Build Your Own Self-Watering Container Garden

By , March 16, 2008 8:32 am

Build Your Own Self-Watering Container Garden : Planet Green

I’ve seen the mailorder units and they work great, especially for tomatoes. The only problem I see with the one pictured in the linked article is the use of a nearly transparent tub which might result in algae growth in the water and cause the roots to keep away from the sides. Going to try one or more this year instead of fighting with the ground. Will try to get pix and post about it when I do.

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