Archive for the ‘Garden Projects’ Category

Looking Forward

Polemonium Veronicastrum Erica Baptisia Screaming Yellow May 23 10

This has been the best gardening spring ever in my world. Sure, we’ve had some weird weather – a hot week in early April, and a late freeze in mid-May– but overall, it’s been perfect working weather. And that’s a very good thing, because I mostly neglected my own garden while caring for another over the past two years, and I had a whole lot of work to do here.

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The Garden Cleanup Conundrum

Courtyard garden at Hayefield Aug 26 09

With all of the recent activity at Gardening Gone Wild, you folks are probably getting tired of hearing from me. But in case you’re interested, I have a guest post over at Inside Storey: The Garden Cleanup Conundrum.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

After spending seven years living with a tiny town garden, moving to a property measured in acres rather than square feet was an unmissable opportunity, and I certainly have no regrets. I do have to chuckle, though, when I get the comment “Oh, you’re so lucky to have all that space for gardening. You can plant whatever you want!” Both statements are true, but it’s not all fluffy clouds and rainbows, you know. Having ample space for gardening creates ample opportunities for making really big mistakes. Continue reading

Designing with Sod

Text and photos ©Nancy J. Ondra

I usually divide my gardening time into two categories: chores (the stuff I don’t much care for, like weeding, watering, and Japanese beetle-picking) and projects (the fun stuff). And of all the projects I get into each year, my most favorite one is starting a new garden: figuring out where it should go, what shape and proportions it should have, and (best of all) what plants I can fill it with. Even an enjoyable project like this can have some associated chores, though, and the biggest one is getting rid of the grass. Continue reading