Thursday, June 3, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow? - June 3

logoNot long ago, I thought that we were going to skip planting a garden this year. Then my husband talked me into planting a garden, but keeping it simple.

That very weekend (before I had a chance to change my mind!), we went to the local garden center and bought one flat of plants:  four (Better Boy) tomatoes, four (California Wonder) peppers, four (Bush) cucumbers, and a few packs of easy-to-grow annual flowers.

A week later--the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend--we all went outside to plant.  It was a warm, sunny day ... not ideal for planting, but it was the best we'd get all weekend.

The new plants haven't grown much in these few days, but I want to show you the Dwarf Alberta Spruce to which I've been giving my coffee grounds.  The photo on the left might not look impressive, but this tree is definitely recovering.  A month or two ago, the whole back of the tree looked like what you see in the photo on the right.

Here are a few shots from the flower beds:


It's hard to tell from the second photo, but the Black-Eyed Susan has grown so much that it's crowding out the adjacent chrysanthemum.  The third and fourth photos, if I remember correctly, are heliopsis (Summer Sun) and Shasta daisy (Little Miss Muffet).  Except for the marigold, these are all perennials.

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  1. Life is sometimes simply amazing. I bet that little Alberta Spruce loves you something fierce.

  2. Yeah it is looking GREAT, love that coffee for me to drink and the plants to have my left over grounds :). Now you need to try Starbucks Espresso Grounds, talk about crack for plants ... lol

  3. Nice blog. Being a great lover of garden art, I enjoyed going through your blog. Keep on posting.

  4. you've got the green thumb to bring back that spruce!

  5. Oh. I just envy people with the green thumb. because i don't have it. However, I still try to put up a garden in my backyard. Gardening is really one tiring work but the relaxation I get is what gases me up for the work! Just one question, do cucumbers require a lot of maintenance? I mean, there are plants that won't need that much of the attention. So how is it for cucumbers?


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