Foxglove and clematis

The clematis I planted on the trellis earlier this year is doing well. It is getting quite a few blooms and starting to cover the trellis completely. I finally got a copy of Month-By-Month Gardening in Tennessee and Kentucky by Judy Lowe to help me make sure that I am giving the plants what they need in a timely manner. The Georgia version was a book a pretty much lived by when I was in Georgia, extremely helpful. This morning I learned that clematis likes very acidic soil and the roots like shade but the leaves like sun. I think I will have to get some mulch for the pots to help with this. I will probably get some pine straw or pine mulch since they like the acidity. The roses could use some of that too.

The foxglove is getting a second wind. The first wind had them growing very tall and spindly so I pruned the top of the blooms off so they could put their efforts into growing lower. It has taken a lot of watering this year since we have had quite a heat spell, but they are seeming to acclimate. This is the first time I have grown either foxglove or clematis.

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5th anniversary

Missie and I are celebrating our 5th anniversary this weekend. Last week I refinished the arbor that we said our vows under. Then I got a couple pots of clematis to trellis it on.

Missie and I were married under this!

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School gardens

These are the gardens I’ve been working on it my school this year.

We’ve had many people help with then and they come a long way.

The spiral bed includes a butterfly bush at the center which was transplanted from my house.

With the help of some local pastors we have built 7 raised beds.

Rhubarb is one of the many plants that we have in the garden. The spiral bed is designated to have perennial plants such as strawberrries, rhubarb, and rosemary. We will hopefully get some asparagus and others in there in the future.

We cooked up some of the swiss chard for the students who were working in the garden one day.

Lettuce, spinach and swiss chard have done amazingly.

Composting is being set up to instill the value of using everything you got to the students.


Cucumbers, lettuce, and carrots are among other plants which are part of the garden. This has been an awesome experience and I look forward to getting the fruits of my labor.

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Community Garden

I have seen this community garden a couple of other times whenever I have gone over the the MNPS Board of Education. I thought I would stop by this time to take a few photos and get some ideas. I like participating in community gardens and want to bring more stuff like this to my work.



The have several sitting areas which I think is a wonderful addition to a community garden setting as it encourages people to come and stay a while.


The stepped bedding provides opportunities to plant various plants in their own little areas.


I beautiful labyrinth fits well with the feel of the garden.


Fig trees, flowers, ornamentals and edibles are all intertwined in a very organic but purposeful way.


Yarrow, a plant I enjoy much.

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Sweet taters

Sweet taters

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I harvested some sweet potatoes and a couple of other things with my mother in law today. The garden season is coming to end, but it is not here yet. We have another row and half of taters to dig up. We still have a bunch of jerusulum artichokes that we can dig up too.  I am not sure what we are going to with those, but I suppose we will figure it out.

We also got some bell peppers, which are still flowering actually, and some little eggplants, which were delicious I must say.

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Bountiful Gardens

Bountiful Gardens

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Susan and I harvested all of these things from the garden today. Carrots, eggplant, green beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, beets, cucumbers, and swiss chard.

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cycle of life

cycle of life

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This garter snake is eating worms from the compost that I turned this morning.

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We are having some problems with the asparagus beetle.  Apparantly the organic treatment for these little buggers is to dunk them in soapy water.  We are trying that, you do have to get them in the morning before they dry their little wings out.

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weeding asparagus

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It doesn’t look like much now, but this is the future site of some terraced flower gardens.  It is a little cold out now to be working on it, but as soon as it warms up, we have about 3 pallets of retainer wall bricks that we will be using to build a two terraced, flower garden out by the road.  I will keep this updated through the process.  I was just thinking that I had been being too exclusive with the renovation on the blog, so I wanted to mix it up a bit.  I will be getting back to some other things soon too I’m sure, feel free to comment or message me if there is a particular direction you would like to see me go.


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