Gardens

Open Letter To The Rabbit

by Josh on June 25, 2007 · 6 comments

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Dear Rabbit, I’ve seen you and your friends munching on my front landscape garden for weeks. Today, I finally caught you on camera hiding under my hydrangea. Don’t try to deny it. You have eaten the daisies, and probably some other plants, too.

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Green Gardening

by Josh on May 30, 2007 · 0 comments

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Our thumbs were expecially green when we planted the veggie garden over the Memorial Day weekend. We try to recycle as much as we can here and we’re always on the lookout for a new idea to try. The green gardening started with saving some volunteer cilantro that had sprouted up in the garden plot […]

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Flowers and Showers

by Josh on May 24, 2007 · 3 comments

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If only my nursery renovation was making progress like my gardening! Due to today’s rain, the veggie garden is only half-tilled, waiting for the rain to stop so I can finish turning and enriching the soil in preparation for the tomatoes, eggplants, beans, and other goodies waiting patiently in their flats. By contrast, the landscape […]

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Surprise: A Hole

by Josh on May 21, 2007 · 0 comments

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Who says weeding is boring? The other day while I was weeding the side garden, I lifted up the sedum ground cover to get at the root of some stray grass. But instead of dirt, there was (surprise!) the big hole pictured here.

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Weed Hound

by Josh on May 11, 2007 · 2 comments

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Our boulevard is thick with dandelions this spring and I have been looking for a good non-chemical tool to clear them out. I already have a hand-held weeding tool, but for an area this large, I really wanted something I could use standing up. On a walk through the neighborhood the other day, I saw […]

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Plantings One Year Later

by Josh on May 4, 2007 · 0 comments

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About this time last year I planted three crabapple trees and three spirea bushes in the back garden. A reader named Lisa who is considering some crabapples for her yard asked me to provide an update and some pictures of my plantings one year later.

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Signs of Spring

by Josh on April 24, 2007 · 0 comments

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We have reached that glorious time of year in which the warmth of each day coaxes an appreciable response from the waking trees and plants. Yes, spring is finally arriving to Minneapolis. If ever there is a time to stop and smell the flowers (or take pictures of them) this is it. Here are a […]

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Bushwhacked Lilac

by Josh on April 21, 2007 · 0 comments

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The massively overgrown lilac bush in our front yard has bothered me ever since we moved in: It is too tall and morbidly obese; It sends up suckers over an enormous area; It is so mature and spread out that it doesn’t even bloom well. Oh, and its roots are growing into my sewer drain, […]

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Stinkhorn Shrooms

by Josh on August 18, 2006 · 3 comments

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I suspect most yards have at least one moist shady area that grows mushrooms from time to time. But I’m sure the nasty, phallic-looking, foul-smelling ‘shrooms you see here are not an every lawn occurrence. Meet the stinkhorns. Like the worst kind of houseguest they show up unannounced, overstay their welcome, and foul up the […]

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Rain Barrel Repair

by Josh on May 29, 2006 · 2 comments

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There’s a hole in the bucket, dear Liza… One of the items left at the house by the previous owners is a galvanized 225 gallon stock tank set up as a rain barrel at the northwest corner of the house. The tank holds water from the downspout and has a spigot for filling watering cans. […]

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