Dirt Cheap Garden Ideas Not everyone can afford a bath size water garden kit, but what about using an old tub that was cast off from a remodeling project? What about old teacups turned into bird feeders? Or signs made out of old lumber, or the newest trend... making stuff out of wooden pallets? In the following sections: learn how to save money in the garden. Dividing your plants will … [Read more...] about Moneysaving Tips for Gardeners
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Specifically, How Did You Do It? For those who are struggling, like I have, here are some of the practical steps of getting rid of clutter and the whole lifestyle that goes with it. Like some physical maladies, this one might have a different root for some people than it has for others. It might be the result of more than one contributing factor. What causes our messiness and proclivity … [Read more...] about The De-clutter Journey
Don't Start Seeds Too EarlyPhoto: MissyRedBoots, Judith BrougSome of you aren't going to heed this advice. I blame the fact that this winter has been so long (psychologically) and cold that with all the complaints about it, many gardeners want to jump the gun. Whether the stores will aid and abet you, I don't know... our road conditions have been bad and I haven't gone to stores with seed … [Read more...] about Still too early, so wait for it
The tomato is probably tops in what people want to grow for their dining table. It is just a guess, but due to the lack of good tomatoes available in groceries and the many ways we use them in our cuisine, that seems like a safe guess. So garden articles, posts, and even books, are dedicated to the topic of how to grow a good tomato.Actually, I inserted the word "good" which how I think the tomato … [Read more...] about Not Your Usual Tomato Post
Does Everyday Design Matter? Of course it does. I mean we think that and might say it, but the way we live often says something else.Not that we don't appreciate good design. Our appreciation sells books and magazines, it drives blogs...after all, some of the most popular have gorgeous photos all over the place and tell us about all sorts of things that will make our life more beautiful. And this … [Read more...] about Does Everyday Design Matter?
Sadly, to me, this year they were not worth the money and work invested; although I would always plant them. There is nothing as good as a well grown, homegrown tomato, and that is reason enough to try anew each year. It isn't the tomato plants fault that I had a less than stellar year, again. It is partly the growing season, and partly my own darn laziness. Trips Get In The WayI still have not … [Read more...] about Were The Tomatoes Worth It in 2010?
© 2010 Ilona's Garden Journal.All rights reserved.You are going to buy some tulip and daffodil bulbs, soon.... or you find a great new shrub on sale, which you snap up and want to situate in your garden.... now, are you going to remember the names of those plantings five years from now? How about next year? What if you forget exactly where you planted some of those bulbs? an easy way to journal, … [Read more...] about Easy Way to Journal Your Garden
"As much as I didn’t like my flowers at the time, I have with time, learned two important lessons. 1) don’t be talked into flowers that you don’t want, and write down those you do and 2) the flowers aren’t what make the day. As much as I love flowers, I’d rather have bad flowers and my husband than perfect flowers without him" That is what Gwendolyn has to say about it. I enjoyed reading her … [Read more...] about Wedding Flower Advice
Now there is no hope I will agree to throw away loved magazines... I will just have to collect enough of the same kind to have a stool...or two! clipped from eachlittleworld.typepad.comDesigner Arik Levy has come up with the perfect way to organize, file, and store my magazines in plain sight while giving me additional seating wherever I need it with his his Book Stool. … [Read more...] about Finally: Affirmed in Saving Magazines!
I've been a long time in this present garden, now. Long enough to reckon with mature plant sizes and the times I broke the rules on proper spacing. There are a few situations that I truly rue not paying attention to height and spread, and in one I was taken by surprise. I had planted a white flowering fringe tree in one of my island beds. It did very well and I decided I would like to rim the … [Read more...] about Garden Maturity
Most of them died due to freak climate smackdowns, but still. I changed my gardening practices a few years after moving to this windy prairie environment, and I have some crazy holdouts in my garden... if I grow a rose here it will survive just about anything. But loving roses, I tried valiantly for years to grow -and lose- so many lovely roses. Thinking about this...thus started my decline. It … [Read more...] about Depressing Exercise: Count the Roses You Killed
Yes, the annuals are gone, the garden is looking brown, and I left a forgotten houseplant pot outside- now a mushy brown and deflated remnant of itself. I hate when I do that... but I think I do almost on purpose as a reminder that everything is imperfect. Of course, being me, I wouldn't have to remind myself quite so often; as being me, it is quite obvious. (Note to self*)Tomorrow is supposed … [Read more...] about It’s Offical: A Killing Frost