|A pine-straw baler made from scrap lumber|
Monday, March 5, 2018
Saturday, February 10, 2018
|Muhly grass makes a nice border planting. |
It's attractive even when it's not in full bloom.
It likes dry soil in full sun or partial sun. It can be trimmed back in the late winter if there is a real need for neatness, but it's not necessary, because it tends to itself with new growth totally covering the old stalks.
Monday, January 1, 2018
|This long garden used to be next to the fence, |
but since the fence is gone, it now sticks
out like a peninsula into the lawn area.
I'd pulled a small red maple tree (Acer rubrum) from the edge of our front pond. It was in a place where another tree would not work well, but when I pulled it, all its roots were still attached in a blob of mud. I stuck the tree in an empty pot near the rain barrels. Over the next couple of weeks, it seemed to be happy in the bottom of the pot with just occasional splashes of rain barrel water. I didn't know what I was going to do with it, but its presence there reminded me to do something every time I came to that side of the garage with the rain barrels and compost piles.
I had a thought when I was cleaning out the long garden that used to back up to a fence, but when we gave away the fence, this bed jutted out into the yard like a peninsula. Placing a tree at the end of this bed would eventually provide an anchor. It will also eventually shade out the nice muhly grass, but it will be years before that happens.