The Best Soil You Never Have to Buy

The Best Soil You Never Have to Buy

It’s April. Time to cut back, pull the first of the weeds, rearrange, replant, dig and love every minute of finally being back outside after our very long winter.

So, today I was looking for great new soil for some pots, and guess where I found it? In last Fall’s leaf pile, of course!

The Best Soil You Never Have to Buy

Leaves from Fall 2013

Here’s the photo of one of my piles of leaves, all nicely mulched up. (Be sure to read my post, How (and why) to Use Your Leaves.)

The Best Soil You Never Have to Buy

5 months later – black gold

And here’s the photo when I stuck in the shovel.

Don’t waste time, money, and tons of effort bagging up leaves every Fall, only to turn around and spend time, money and effort buying soil for your gardening!

The Best Soil You Never Have to Buy

Next Fall, mulch up and keep those leaves in a back or side yard, or even pile them up in a garden area. The following Spring, turn the pile and you’ll find the Best Soil You Never Have to Buy!

Do you keep your leaves?

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Ecofriendly Greywater Saves You Money and Grows Your Garden!

Lets stop wasting all that wonderful water that runs back down our sinks and out our drains. Contact your local greywater system installers to learn how you can reduce the costs of watering your gardens. Greywater Action has a list of trained installers on its website.

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January is For the Birds!

Please, don’t forget them! When the water and ground are frozen, it can be hard for our feathery friends to find food and drink. Be sure to leave out seeds, nuts, berries, and water to protect these beautiful beings.

Happy January!

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How (and why) to Use Your Leaves

It’s Fall!!!

How (and why) to Use Your Leaves

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.

How (and why) to Use Your Leaves

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.

How (and why) to Use Your Leaves

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!

How (and why) to Use Your Leaves

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!

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Meyer Lemons – 8 Months from Flower to Fruit

Well, we had our first harvested Meyer lemon about 2 weeks ago and it was fabulous. Very thin skin – very sweet and juicy.

Meyer Lemons - 8 Months from Flower to Fruit

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.

Meyer Lemons - 8 Months from Flower to Fruit

What an amazing plant!

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How to Grow Moss

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!

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Meyer Lemon Tree – 8 month update

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!

Meyer Lemon Tree - 8 Month Update

Apparently I counted wrong in the last Meyer Lemon Tree post because today I counted 21 lemons. (unless I counted wrong today….)

Meyer Lemon Tree - 8 Month Update

Looks like we’ll have home grown lemons throughout the holidays.

Meyer Lemon Tree - 8 Month Update

If you don’t own a Meyer Lemon tree, get one!

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Why Plant a Lawn?

Why Plant a Lawn

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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My Rescue Garden

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:

My Rescue Garden

I started with a section that was very desolate.

My Rescue Garden

Nothing but determination at the start!

My Rescue Garden

Started with shade loving hostas last year.

My Rescue Garden

Spring 2013 – ready for love and attention

My Rescue Garden

A plan and design were needed to start.

My Rescue Garden

I lay out a path with sticks.

My Rescue Garden

Divided hostas and brought in more “rescued” plants.

My Rescue Garden

Mulch gives it definition.

My Rescue Garden

But wait! There’s more!

My Rescue Garden

I decide to take it all the way to the house.

My Rescue Garden

That’s a lot more yard…

My Rescue Garden

Rescued stones create a path.

My Rescue Garden

Fill in with gravel.

My Rescue Garden

Add edging and gravel.

My Rescue Garden

My Rescue Garden
Creating areas of interest.
My Rescue Garden

This section will be ferns.

My Rescue Garden

Loving the progress.

My Rescue Garden

No longer desolate.

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