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January 19, 2015

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"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous" ...Aristotle
(more celebrated quotes can be found on our "quotes" page)
Wedelia trilobata

Creeping Oxeye

This plant is classified in both the weed books, plant books and wildflower books. We have friends cursing us for sharing this plant. It is very invasive and must be controlled, by hand, if planted in a bed. (more)

ornamental cabbage

Ornamental Cabbage

This is a family of plants that are native to Europe and Asia and now have been developed as ornamental as well. They are known as cole crops. The ornamental cabbage and kale cultivars are grown specifically for their appearances. (more)

Secrets of the Soil

"Secrets of the Soil"

If you don't deal well with the notion of mixing cow dung, ghee, rice, and balsa wood, burning it in an upside down copper pyramid and spreading it to enhance the spiritual quality of your garden, then you might just pass on this book. (more)

January 19, 2015

Dirt - Ground Covers I Have Grown

Spider PlantsSo, we had a back yard heavy with shade with a couple of focal points: the pergola, the ponds. We had some unique plantings, here and there. Everything else was dirt. Remember the dirt? What to do with the dirt? You don't want a back yard consisting of just dirt. It tends to turn to mud during the monsoon season; dust in the summer heat. We needed to cover the dirt with something.

We could not plant grass - there is no grass that will grow in heavy shade.

Ground covers are landscape plants that help out a particular situation; perhaps a carpet between other plants, or something to fill in between hardscaping. You could have a slope that needs covering to prevent erosion and plant low growing junipers or ivy, for instance. Or you could have a section of the yard that you didn't want to mulch - we planted the wedelia around a tree that needed accenting.

(more of the article)

Catch up with our friend Patrick Vickery in Scotland: A Compost Blether (a rerun)

Gather together a hundred gardeners and ask the question: what's the best method of constructing a compost heap? - and you'll receive a hundred different answers with a few strong words thrown in for good measure. (more of A Compost Blether)

(More from Patrick in Scotland)