September 29, 2014

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Eupatorium Capillifolium


This is a perennial weed with a taproot. It can grow 3 - 9 feet with crowded branches near the top. The leaves are divided into several thread-like segments.

It is found frequently on the sides of the road, and in unused pastures. (more)

Begonia erythrophylla

Beefsteak Begonia

Beefsteak Begonia, Begonia erythrophylla, comes with a lovely romantic history that speaks about its success as a wonderful houseplant. Its crisp, watery leaves are as round as a pancake, born on watery stems ringed with fine hairs... (more)

Birdsfoot Trefoil
Birdsfoot Trefoil
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The Garden Design Book

The Garden Design Book

Design Magazine has created the best from its magazine tradition. You will understand the plans for simplicity, the construction of perimeters, and the basis for color. (more)

Just dump it on the lawn!

September 25, 2014


Why would a yard in Florida need more dirt?

Why wouldn't a Florida yard need more dirt is a more relevant question. The entire state is barely above the surface of the ocean at high tide. Florida is really just a gigantic shoal; a barrier island that got too big for it's britches.

More dirt will give you a few more inches of soil to plant in. A few more inches of dirt before you hit the mounds of oyster shells left by the previous inhabitants. (The previous inhabitants were presumably too busy shucking oysters to consider gardening. You know the theory: hunters not gatherers.) A few more inches of dirt before you strike salt water. A few more inches of dirt could give you another fifty years protection against global warming. A few more inches of dirt could mean the difference between surviving the storm surge from a class two or class three hurricane.

Why wouldn't you want more dirt?

And where do you get more dirt? Well, you could buy it in 50 pound bags... (more of the article)

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

Time to cut the grass again? Lawn mower out of action?  Borrow a goat. or - even better - get your own. (more of A Goat Blether)

(More from Patrick in Scotland)