Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blooming today!

Grape vines starting to finally grow up my trellis.

Pink and Yellow Knockout Roses.

Cucumber grew up about 10 feet into my maple tree and then down about another 6 feet.

These were labeled Kentucky Wonder Bush beans, but they were actually pole beans!

Banana Peppers thriving in the garden.

My Dwarf Butterfly Bush is about 8 feet tall this year!

Russian Mammoth Sunflowers, that section of fence is about 8 feet tall, which makes those Sunflowers between 12 and 15 feet tall!

First Sunflower to bloom this year.

Gladiolas blooming in the front landscape bed.

Huchera and Hostas in full bloom along the shady side of the house.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

What's growing around the yard today

Daylillies finally starting to bloom.

Hostas and Huchera filling in nice.

Growing Basil in the Gutter Garden this year.

Yellow and Pink Knockout Roses.

This Clematis bloom is about 9 inches across.

Week 4 of the new style no-till garden this year.

It has turned into a jungle in just 4 weeks!

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper, hottest pepper on the planet!!!

Tomato Plants coming on strong.

Banana Peppers looking good.

Back to Eden Garden- week 4

Back To Eden Garden- week 4

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Top Secret

This is a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper, it has a scoville rating of 2,009,231!!! To give you an idea of how hot that is, I am growing Banana peppers that have a rating of between 1,000 and 5,000. A ghost pepper, which is one of the hottest out there has a rating of 1,000,000! If anyone wants to step up and try one in a couple months just let me know!

Back to Eden garden-week three

After one week.
After two weeks.

After three weeks.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Where to buy: Big Box Store vs. "Mom and Pop" Garden Center

When it comes to buying flowers most people think if they go to the local greenhouse or garden center they are buying a better quality plant, even though it cost three times as much as you would pay at Home Depot, Lowes or any other big box type store. The truth is most of these "Mom and Pop" garden places buy their plants from the exact same place that Lowes and Home Depot do. The big box stores buy in bulk and can afford to sell them cheaper, the local garden place doesn't buy as much so they don't get as good a deal which lowers their profit margin causing them to charge more. One advantage the little guy has over the big box is a more knowledgeable staff, most of the people that work at these places have a passion for gardening and are willing to share this with anyone that comes in to there business. The Big box store might have a few people working there with a little knowledge but more than likely its a nineteen year old kid with a hose that has been told to go out and spray the plants twice a day. So if you are looking for plants cheap the big box store is probably for you, but if you want someone with knowledge and a passion for the plants you are buying and don't mind paying for it the local garden center is the place to go. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Back to Eden Garden Update

Everything seems to be growing pretty well so far, especially since it has been a short spring this year.

Russian Mammoth Sunflowers finally popped up this week!

Moved the tomato plants from inside to out in the garden today

Also moved the pepper plants out into the garden today.

the Potato starts look like they are all growing really well.

Sweet Corn looking strong so far.

Seems like it only took the Green Beans only a couple days to pop out of the ground after I planted the seeds.

All the strawberry plants I saved from last year are growing really quick and putting out a lot of strawberries.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Landscape Edging

Every spring I touch up all my landscape beds by trenching around them to prevent grass and weeds from growing in them. All you need is a sharp flat spade.
I take my size 13 shoe and go in at an angle around the landscape bed.
I usually go about 2 inches deep around the perimeter. Then I spread a fresh coat of mulch around the bed, filling in the 2 inch trench that I just made and all around the plants in the landscape bed.
When you are done you should have a nice and clean looking landscape bed that should remain weed and grass free for the rest of the summer.