garden

How To Make A Rain Barrel*

by Josh on November 22, 2010 · 5 comments

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*Rain not included As I scrape ice off the car windshield and shovel backbreaking snowfalls the coming weeks in Minneapolis, it is tantalizing to dream of rain showers, gardening and green plants.  When the rain comes next spring, I’ll be ready to jumpstart my gardening with the new rain barrel I built this fall. Why […]

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Hatching Monarch Butterflies at Home

by Josh on September 10, 2010 · 5 comments

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My bungalow yard has suddenly become a terrific habitat for monarch butterflies thanks to an ideal tagteam between Mother Nature and me. Nature did her part by distributing milkweed seeds to my yard from nearby wetlands and then providing more precipitation than in recent years. My part was to take a lot of summer vacations […]

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Planting a Winning Windowbox

by Josh on May 23, 2009 · 6 comments

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I have made no secret of my disappointing past results with my windowbox flowers. This year, that is all going to change. My new winning ways began with major soil rehabilitation. I removed half of the windowbox soil and replaced it with a mixture of 2 parts new garden soil, 1 part composted manure, and […]

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Garden of Merit 2008

by Josh on December 30, 2008 · 3 comments

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With a new wave of snow falling outside, it was delightful to open the big manilla envelope from Metro Blooms in today’s mail and see that we had received a Garden of Merit certificate for the second year in a row.   Metro  Blooms recognizes and encourages citizen gardening in boulevards, front yards and other publicly […]

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Building The Trellis

by Josh on September 3, 2008 · 2 comments

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Although you’d never know it by my blog output, I have gotten a few things done around here this summer.  Still, my output has been far less than I had hoped, and that is putting some pressure on me to make the most of the remaining mild days this year. More on that later.  For […]

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I have posted a lot about the garden and landscaping lately, but there are other things going on here, too. Before I cover any of the other stuff, though, Ms. Bungalow insisted I write a post on her fabulous work improving the little landscaping berm in the backyard. What makes this project special is that […]

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Raising The Garden, Part III

by Josh on May 28, 2008 · 5 comments

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Finished. That’s a word I don’t get to say or write often enough around here. At least not without conditions like “finished for today” or “finished part ‘x’ of much larger project ‘y’.” But today, I can say that the raised garden bed project is really completely finished. In Part II of this story, the […]

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Raising The Garden, Part II

by Josh on May 23, 2008 · 12 comments

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Work on the raised garden bed continues, but isn’t finished yet. Since my last post, I have finished framing the fence rails and applied two coats of forest green solid color stain to all the new lumber. I have also begun to work on the soil improvement, though I haven’t done anything more than dump […]

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Raising The Garden

by Josh on May 20, 2008 · 6 comments

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The calendar reads May, but I have already “raised” all my summer garden vegetables. That’s because I spent my Saturday project time building up the garden plot. I took on this project for two reasons: the corner posts were no longer strong enough to properly support the chicken wire pest fencing, and the soil level […]

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Shoots and Blooms

by Josh on May 16, 2008 · 6 comments

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After taking out the trash on a recent morning, I snapped these photos of the first leaves and flowers to reappear in the garden this spring.  Enjoy!

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