Thanks to Kevin Lee Jacobs for this great information that I want to save for next spring. How to break down the last of those fall leaves that you use to fill your flower beds? Kevin suggests Cottonseed Meal (which I’d never heard of).
To help the leaves break down, I sometimes sprinkle a handful of organic cottonseed meal over each 6×4 bed. Cottonseed meal is almost all-nitrogen. It is nitrogen plus carbon (from the dried leaves) that produces heat. However, if the weather is already frigid, it makes little sense to add cottonseed meal at this time. You can always add it in early spring if your own leaves have not decayed sufficiently.
Thanks, Kevin. Can’t wait to try this out.
We have a lot of hummingbirds and I always want more! They’re so tiny and amazing. Here’s a great post I found on Houzz. Enjoy!
Posted in Birds
Got birdfeeders? Then I bet you have squirrels!
I have birdfeeders – lots and lots of birdfeeders. I go through about 25 pounds of birdseed a month. And, as much as I love feeding the birds, feeding the squirrels is not my goal. We have lots of trees with nuts and acorns so our squirrels are not going hungry. I really fight to keep them out of the feeders.
My first attempt at controlling them was to invest in “squirrel proof birdfeeders” and that works fine. However, I have many truly lovely birdfeeders that are not at all squirrel proof and I really want to be able to use them!
Finally, I made the most amazing discovery – Safflower Seed!
The cardinals absolutely LOVE it as do many other birds. The amazing thing, however, is that my squirrels hate it!
So now I have seed mixes in my “squirrel proof” feeders and Safflower seed in my pretty feeders and my squirrel feeding problem is solved.
Have you found any tricks to share?
I’m a HUGE fan of Japanese Maples. I don’t even know how many I have!
It’s exactly mid-March and I can’t believe how much is already peaking out in the gardens! I love this time of year when I find new sprouts every day. Fabulous North Carolina (zone 7).
These are just some of the examples of what I have popping out. What’s already growing this Spring in your yard?
Posted in Planting
Well, perhaps I spoke to soon in my last post.
Here it is, November 1st, and my Brugmansia is still blooming!
Yellow Brugmansia at full bloom.
Do you have, or have you ever had, a Brugmansia? They are lovely, as you see here. Mine is a yellow one and this is a photo showing it in it’s full glory. Fabulous.
Yellow Brugmansia with faded blooms.
As beautiful as the blooms are, and they are spectacular, they last only about 3-5 days. Seriously.
Yellow Brugmansia bloom.
My plant is in a pot on the deck and I literally have to water it every day, 7 days a week. A friend of mine planted hers in the ground and only watered once a week. So far, she’s had only one bloom.
Yellow Brugmansia flower
As lovely as this is, I just don’t think it’s worth all the time and effort for one week of flowers. I don’t mind watering my tomato plants daily because they fruit for months. The Brugmansia simply doesn’t bring me the same satisfaction. This may be my only year with this plant.