Back at it

Decent weather day here in the Garden State today so I was able to spend some time outside early this morning. Got my run in first – actually my sprints in – gotta give props to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) – I find it much more interesting than a simple run and it take only 20 minutes. Enough of that, on to the photos and what has transpired here today.     

The compost bins have been put together and are ready to be filled. I really look forward to educating the kids on this and of course enjoying the resulting “gold”. Found some scrap wood in the garage to put under the bins to hopefully aid in drainage. Also need to educate myself on the different layers and how to fill these up for the quickest results. Nice.   

The official first flower of the year. I unfortunately damaged a lot of the Crocus bulbs while transplanting last season but two made it through and flowered today.  

Recently purchased these two urns and you guessed it … would love to get your feedback on what to fill them with. It is completely in shade. I tend to lean to one specimen per container but as always I am open to anything.    

A follow-up to a prior post from this week. I took out the ‘ol extension cord and shaped the new bed. I would have started digging out the grass today but it is still too wet. What do you think? I typically have no patience and just dig out the grass rather than smother with a tarp or newspapers. And … officially gave up using Round-Up. Can I dig out sections of the grass and simply throw in the compost bin? Should it be cut up into real small pieces and loosened up more? 

My first venture into growing vegetables in containers has officially started. 3 different lettuces, spinach and kale seeds have been sown. You know I’ll be taking pictures of these over the next few weeks. 

It’s all good

This is an Itea ‘Henry’s Garnet’ that I “stole” from a local nursery late last Fall for like $3 dollars. Threw it in the raised bed and cannot wait to move it to it’s proper home. I love these shrubs and they love me (or my conditions I should say). They are a little late to leaf out in Spring but the blooms are nice, shape is nice and the kick ass Fall color is worth it alone (especially next to the Amsonias which have incredible yellow Fall color).     

One last photo for today. This is a Mum I pulled out of it’s container and just threw in the raised bed last Fall. Didn’t plant it … just threw it in. And lo and behold it rooted and is showing new growth. Now I feel the need to keep it because I am so proud of it yet don’t really like Mums all that much. Oh the problems we face each day.


5 thoughts on “Back at it”

  1. Planting urns in shade is tricky, especially if you want some height in the center. I would consider planting reusable perennials that love shade such as Heuchera, Lamium and Carex grass.

    I really like the shape of the new flower garden. No need to chop up the turf into small pieces. Larger chunks will decompose just as well. Just don’t make them so large that they become heavy to manipulate.

  2. I’m not a huge fan of mums either, but they do give some great fall color – and the plants are usually tidy throughout the summer. Not so bad.

    Those are some HUGE compost bins! You are ready to rock n roll!

  3. Your pictures are great..

    1) The pots by the front door.. in full shade, might be difficult. Tell me does it get any light at all? I was wondering if the Tree Ferns we’re getting in will work.. Then, plant a shade loving annual or perennial on the bottom of them. The tree ferns will give you the height.

    2) The itea looks like its already out of the ground. Is it? They are great plants.

    3) The compost bins are AWESOME!

    4) I’m surprised with your deer that you have them mums.

  4. So with planters, the formula I see most often in design magazines is sort of kitchen sinky- looking like you need an IV drip of water the whole season. I would simplify that idea and use something tall (will a variegated Abutilon grow out there?), something grassy (Ophiopogon nigrescens works in shade, but you probably want a chartreuse grass for contrast), and something droopy like a sweet potato vine or a trailing campanula. Sounds like fun! Also, can’t take credit for the sunflower house- google sharon lovejoy and you’ll find some wonderful gardening books geared towards children.

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