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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Here's our pumpkin and our little girl dressed as Tigger!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Discount Plants!

I have been known to surf through the local big box home improvement store garden center for discount plants. I found all sorts of mums earlier in the fall for $0.50 each. All they needed was a little trimming and dead heading and they were good as new.

I've found Viburnums and Russian Sage this way also!

Today I found a 10-12 foot tall weeping willow for $15. Marked down over $20 from its original price. All it needed was a little dead wood pruning and its good as new!

Usually the stores don't want to take the time to care for ailing plants so they discount it to try to get rid of it. That's where a gardener who is patient enough to nurse the plants back to health can get a great advantage. :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Rustic Birdbath

I like to reuse things as much as possible, so I took an old post from an old wooden palette, sanded it and gave it a cedar stain. I left some of the darker marks on it so that it would maintain that rustic look. Then I fastened a copper birdbath that we had and put it into the ground. Around it I planted some Irises for spring, a butterfly bush behind it and two coneflowers, one on each side. Its a perfect setting for the birds and butterflies. This is another picture from September.

Spider Web

One morning back in September there was a heavy dew that illuminated this web on one of our potted lemon trees. We thought it was pretty cool so we took a picture of it!

Our House in Spring 2007

Here is our house in early spring. We took this picture soon after we bought it. There isn't much that can be said of the landscaping at this point. It was basically a blank slate to work with. There were two Japanese hollies in front of the garage that died due to the frost and one large Nandina that is thriving now. It's the plant in between the two windows on the right. In front of the porch are some other hollies that are recovering but haven't made it to 100% yet. As for other plantings the house only had two Bradford Pears planted in the front like almost every other house in the subdivision.

Bradford pears are pretty to look at in the spring with the flowers but are very odoriferous. Not to mention they have very weak wood and will easily split in strong winds. I don't recommend planting them. I would put in Yoshino Cherries instead. They flower at similar times and have white flowers, but are much better trees. But since the Bradfords are already there I'll leave them until they get damaged then replace them with something better.

The turf in the yard was awful, ragweed sprouts were everywhere and crowded out any good grass that might have grown. I went through tis summer and pulled as much of the ragweed up by the roots as I could. Needless to say the yard has plenty of bare patches to fill. I put in some Kentucky 31 grass in the patches and overseeded. Some of it is coming up great so I'm looking forward to a better yard in the spring!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

2007 Gardening Season

Summer of 2007 has been a tough one for gardening in Tennessee. We had a major shock in the spring with warm temperatures then a harsh freeze that killed and crippled many plants in our region. Then to add insult to injury we experienced drought and extreme temperatures. Hopefully with fall arriving and cooler temperatures we'll get more water to help improve our drought.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

About The Home Garden

Thank you for stopping by to visit this little corner of the gardening world. This blog is about my experiences in our first home garden, hence the name The Home Garden. I've been studying gardening and experimenting with plant propagation on my own now for several years with much of my gardening taking place on the back porch of our old apartment. On the last day of February of 2007 we closed on our home and vigorously began the remodel of the inside and outside of the former foreclosure house. It's become our home and every day in the gardening is bringing us closer to the dream garden all gardeners long to create. It's a long road covered with a whole lot of dirt and mulch but it brings us rewards each and everyday.

As a stay at home dad of one two three four children I'm blessed with many opportunities and challenges. It gives me more time in the garden than I would otherwise along with an opportunity to introduce our children to the glories of gardening.

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