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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fairy Garden

A couple of years ago I saw a Fairy Garden and thought how much I would like to make one.  I have been looking online and thought that I would make one this Summer.  I wanted to use my old wash tub my Mom gave me about 20 years ago.  It was her Mom's.  ( I feel I need to explain here, I never got to meet her Mom, she passed when my Mom was 13 years old.)


At first I planned on gluing rocks on a bird house.  I went to Michael's to look for my bird house only to find a very nice sale.  I found by the time I bought the bird house, which was way too large or way too small and the items I needed to decorate I would spend a lot more than if I were to purchase one of their Fairy Garden homes.  I figured I would pick up a few things pre-made and spend less to have more to spend on the plants.  I had already picked up my little Fairy from Earl May the week prior.  I wanted to have a little vegetable garden for the Fairy since we garden but I couldn't find my clay you can bake and I did not want to buy the clay because I know once I buy some I will find it.  I picked up a little planting box of lettuce for now and some gardening tools for the Fairy. 


Memorial weekend we cleaned the deck, stained the main surface, and then cleaned our back porch.  It was now time for me to start my little garden.  I added the Phlox, which was labeled for Fairy Garden.  A bonus is it will attract butterflies too.  I also added a Columbine plant, this will attract Hummingbirds.  I also planted a tiny rose bush which was also labeled for a Fairy Garden.  All of these plants are perennials so they should grow back next year.  I had some left over Dusty Miller plants from other planters and chose to add it as well.  Here is a picture of the first day's planting.
 I think the little mushrooms are one of my favorite things.

It was a nice start but I knew I wanted more.


Last Wednesday while I was shopping for work, I drove by Earl May and decided to stop and pick up some more plants for the little garden and moss to add.  I bought three house plants I can transplant late fall and take indoors.  I picked up a little Palm Tree, an Umbrella Tree which I was able to divide and Hirt's Baby Tear Plant.  Here is my finished product for now.  
 I really liked how it came together. 


 One thing I definitely need to add is a little trellis for the rose bush.
Isn't it cute?

I plant to paint something special on the wash tub and adding a few decorative pieces to the garden later.   I am very pleased with the first little Fairy Garden.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden 2016

My Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden is thriving this year.  I believe I am done with planting in this garden.  I love the look.  All I need to do is add the Hummingbird feeders and it is completely done for the season. 
 Above:  Every flower in this garden attracts butterflies and/or hummingbirds except for one,
the Clematis.  I was not sure the honeysuckle was going to take so we planted a Clemetis just in case.
They both are thriving.  The front of my little garden the flowers bloom Mid Spring and have little yellow or white flowers.  Next to my little bird bath to the right is one of my Purple Cone Flowers about to begin to bloom.  I added a Columbine plant near the back which should bloom hopefully.  I am in hopes it survived the planting.  I also added an additional Trellis for the vine flowers to reach out.  It is our Willow Trellis Todd and I made one year.
 Above: HoneySuckle blooming
Below: Two different types of Silva Plants





I am so happy with the completed garden.  It is attracting butterflies already.  I am in hopes to plant a Lilac Tree near the garden to add more attractions for the butterflies.  I have not seen any hummingbirds yet but that may change after the feeders are placed outdoors and they notice the Honeysuckle plant.

      



Remember this is what it looked like when I first began the garden.  It has come a long way.




Wednesday, June 1, 2016

2016 Garden's Beginning!



May was a busy month for our vegetable garden.  We (Todd) decided to garden only one garden this year.  We opted not to do the community garden.  It was just too much work with Todd's hours and my hours as well as watching Taj.  Here is a picture of everything Todd has done in the garden this month.
Our garden is not your pretty black dirt garden. We like to add nutrients back to the
soil as we garden.  We use the corregated box around most of the plants (unless planted by seeds)
and then add compost on top of the box.  The box acts as a weed barrier and it will also decomposs
adding the nutrients back to the soil for next year's garden.



He planted Sugar Peas, Lima Beans, Cucumbers, Spaghetti Squash, Zucchini, 4 Roma Tomato Plants, 4 Beef Stake Tomato Plants, a Cherry Tomato Plant, a Grape Tomato Plant, Radishes, Carrots, Kale, Swiss Chard, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kohlrabi, Pole Beans.  Today June 1st, he planted Yellow Bell Peppers, Green Bell Peppers, Small Snacking Peppers, Hot Peppers, Banana Pepper and Egg Plants.  Oh, I knew I was forgetting something.  We also have Onions in our garden.


 Above: Broccoli and Cabbage
Below: Our row of peas.  This is where it looks very messy. 
We are not able to get into the two rows of fencing which the peas latch onto and grow, we cannot hoe it because Todd planted the Lima beans here. 
Eventually they will latch onto the fencing as well. 
The timing should be perfect when the season for the peas are done. 


 Above: Two rows of radishes which will be ready to pick in a week or two. 
Next to it Kale is beginning and the the rows of carrots.
Below: A closer look of the radishes and kale. 
 Below: The pepper plants and Eggplants which were planted today.  The upside down tomato cage is where either zucchini, cucumber, or spaghetti squash is sprouting. 
 Below:  One full row of Roma and Beef Steak.  Next to the fencing on the right is our pole beans.





Everything he started from seeds are beginning to come up, so far our little garden is thriving. 


Hopefully, the insects will stay away.  He also started lettuce and soon baby spinach in the containers on the deck.  I just love this time of year.