And all that wonderful gold is falling from the trees, just as Mother Nature intended, to protect the ground and plantings from winter ice and to make amazing soil for Spring growth.
I ask the yard crew to never remove a leaf from the property. We have 2 wooded acres meaning we have plenty of leaves! The mower/mulcher chops up the leaves and grass which is then dumped into areas on the side yard from where I disburse it to all of my garden areas. Mulching the leaves, rather than keeping them whole, allows them to break down much faster into soil.
My plantings from the past season are well protected by this mulch and, in the Spring, I have tons of amazing black soil for new plantings. Black gold!
Keeping and using your own leaves is quite the time and money saver. Why have someone haul all this natural beauty away only to pay for compost in the Spring? Be grateful for every single leaf that falls in your yard and let nature recycle her own!
Well, we had our first harvested Meyer lemon about 2 weeks ago and it was fabulous. Very thin skin – very sweet and juicy.
I’m so happy with our tree! (have you noticed…?)
It’s been so fun to watch my baby go from flowers when it first arrived January 20, to tiny fruit “bumps”, to growing green fruit, and now watching the lemons turn yellow and ripe.
What an amazing plant!
I love moss and am fortunate to have a lot of it growing naturally in my yard. Thrilled that I found this article describing how to grow and care for moss. Enjoy!
I love my Meyer Lemon tree as I’ve shared over and over on this blog! My tree arrived to me the end of January and has been unending intrigue and joy ever since. Here’s the latest update:
The lemons are turning yellow!
Apparently I counted wrong in the last Meyer Lemon Tree post because today I counted 21 lemons. (unless I counted wrong today….)
Looks like we’ll have home grown lemons throughout the holidays.
If you don’t own a Meyer Lemon tree, get one!
Since the 1800s, Americans have been trying to emulate expansive aristocratic estates in Europe – but why???
Why do we now consider a flat, green lawn to be the most beautiful use of space? It certainly isn’t efficient when you consider all the time we spend laboring over it (or paying someone to do so). And it is terrible on the planet and her wildlife.
We’re destroying natural habitat and, along with that, the EPA says lawn equipment emits 11 times the pollution of cars! I would never have guessed it was that huge.
Take a moment to read this informational article. I, for one, have decided to let more of my yard go back to nature – saving time and money as well as loving the wildlife. How about you?
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So, what have I done in the yard over the last 5 months? Created what I lovingly refer to as my “rescue” garden. We buy houses for a living and I have started rescuing both plants and yard art from yards we plan to tear out and restore. Following are some of my start to this-is-where-it-is-so-far photos:
I started with a section that was very desolate.
Nothing but determination at the start!
Started with shade loving hostas last year.
Spring 2013 – ready for love and attention
A plan and design were needed to start.
I lay out a path with sticks.
Divided hostas and brought in more “rescued” plants.
Mulch gives it definition.
But wait! There’s more!
I decide to take it all the way to the house.
That’s a lot more yard…
Rescued stones create a path.
Fill in with gravel.
Add edging and gravel.
- Creating areas of interest.
This section will be ferns.
Loving the progress.
No longer desolate.
I’ve never planted for butterflies. Every year I’ve focused on something new: vegetable garden, shade garden, “rescue” garden, etc. But my friend, Ellen, has more butterflies than I’ve ever seen in one place. It’s not by accident, it’s by design. One year, I hope to do the same.
Here are some of my photos from Ellen’s Garden.
What do you plant to attract and protect butterflies?
Yes, what started out as 26 is now 20. Why?
Well, some fell off and I just removed 3 small ones figuring it would be best if the tree saved its energy for the bigger, healthier looking ones.