The New Backyard Plan

by Josh on October 28, 2011 · 6 comments

in Gardens,Projects

A few years ago I beefed up the raised garden bed in my backyard with a decorative fence and soil amendments. My goal was simple: to make the veggie garden more attractive and productive. Three years later, the garden fence still looks good, but I have concluded that no amount of compost in the soil […]


I had such high hopes for my summer windowbox this year.  But by early August, I was forced to concede that it was best to just remove the few plants that weren’t already dead and leave the windowbox bare until the time to decorate it for winter. Along with my vegetable garden, the windowbox remains […]


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 […]


Fall Project Roundup

by Josh on September 29, 2007 · 3 comments

in Fireplace,garden,Gardens,Ideas

Fall is a great time to work on house projects. The weather is more comfortable than in the peak of the summer and the imminent arrival of winter can help keep your motivation high. Whether you are planning to hibernate from home improvement this winter or you just want to cross a few things off […]


Swallowtail Tag

by Josh on September 17, 2007 · 2 comments

in Gardens

Our Tiny Oak Park Bungalow just helped me get the name of this butterfly I photographed atop some joe pye weed in my garden a couple weeks ago. Apparently it’s a Black Swallowtail, which sounds a lot better than what I had formerly called it: “big blue butterfly.”


Garden In Bloom

by Josh on August 3, 2007 · 3 comments

in Gardens

After a week of vacation, I’m behind on actual house progress. Fortunately all it takes for the garden to show progress are some water and sunshine. Here are a few recent flower photos from the front garden.


Compost 201: Compost Tea

by Josh on July 17, 2007 · 0 comments

in Gardens,Ideas

We enrich our garden with manure and compost in the Spring, but when Ms. Bungalow was reading about compost in The Practical Gardener’s Encyclopedia we found an idea for an organic mid-summer garden booster: a nice home-brewed bucket of compost tea. This “tea” should be just as refreshing for our plants as a nice glass […]


Compost 101

by Josh on July 14, 2007 · 8 comments

in Gardens

Who needs Miracle Grow? Compost is free, keeps waste out of landfills, and makes plants happy. Our master gardener friend gives her plants a diet of compost and manure and her vegetables and flowers look like they were grown next to a nuclear reactor. Composting can seem complicated because there are a few different methods […]


First Date With The Truck: Mulch

by Josh on July 9, 2007 · 7 comments

in Gardens

Truck and I went out on our first date to one of the free mulch piles in the city parks. Yeah, I looked pretty cheap going for the free stuff, but I’d end up broke if I let Truck fill up with frou-frou cypress mulch. Truck can really pack it in, if you know what […]


Foaming Fountain

by Josh on July 6, 2007 · 2 comments

in Gardens

Here’s one way not to clean a fountain. In case you don’t know, we have a small pond with a fountain pump as a water feature in our backyard. The pond tends to collect leaves, pine needles and pine cones that decompose into a nasty, black sludge that resembles cow manure in both appearance and […]