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My July Garden

Side Garden Hey Guys! I've been so busy lately, sorry if I am late to the show on the July Garden. I know it's August and all, but I promise, all these photos are from July. The garden has been really grown into itself this year. There is always something new blooming, colors look good together and all the plants are nice and filled in. I am really, really proud of it. Let me show you around and you can see what's blooming this month.   Asiatic Lilies There are lilies everywhere! After 4 years the Asiatic lilies are growing in nice mounds now. I originally had been given individual shoots which I planted all around the backyard. Finally the bulbs have multiplied themselves enough times that I know have groups of lilies producing lots and lots of beautiful blooms.   Side Garden Purples, blues and yellows along the side garden.   Echinacea A new cone flower (aka 'Fatal Attraction' Echinacea) which I planted earlier this year. The stems are nearly purple, I totally love them.   Rose My rose bush was happily blooming at the beginning of the month, but now there are no more buds. I'm a little worried about it, hopefully it is just a phase.   Zinnias The zinnias began blooming right after Finn's birthday - they took awhile longer this year, I imagine it has something to do with all the rain and the cooler weather we've been experiencing. Happy to see them Get the Scoop [...]
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Gardening Basics : Dividing Perennials

Yo, Friends! Did you know that you can divide perennials? It actually often helps to keep your perennials healthy and has the added benefit of making new plants! I recently went through my garden and split off a chunk of my perennials for my good pal Nicole (aka Colz). She recently dug up a section of her yard to make a sunny perennial border garden - she needed some plants to help fill it in. I told her to come on over! I had some perennials that were getting big and in need of a good splittin'. I have to tell you that I am not some all knower of everything garden, but I know a bit. I've split my perennials quite a few times, to fill in garden beds. Most of my my perennials have been divided from my mom's garden and in the last few years I have done lots of splitting to help fill in my flower beds. When I divide plants I begin by digging out the clump I want to divide. You don't want to start right at the base of the plant, dig out from the base a good 8-12". I use my big garden shovel and slowly begin to cut down through the soil and the pry upwards loosening the root system. Continue digging and prying around the circumference of the plant. The method is about 50% digging and 50% actual prying. I broke my shovel last week on an insanely oversized hosta. It takes a bit of muscle depending on the root system of the plant. Before you know it the plant will gently pop out of the ground. TIP Divide your plants on a cooler gray day to avoid undue stress from the heat and the sun.   Once Get the Scoop [...]
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My June Garden

Hanging Basket Hey, Guys! Hope you had a cool weekend, I know we did. We spent it up at the cabin, and I'll be sharing a few photos in the coming days. Anyways, if you didn't notice it's July 1st and it's time to recap you on my June garden. Lots of things have been happening over the last month in the garden. This year the garden is full sized, some plants are actually bigger that I anticipated them being and I may have to thin a out a few, or even move some around. I already lost a Delphinium because the Hostas were choking it out, and I' on the verge of losing one of my phlox for the same reason. There has been so much rain that the Hostas are insanely large, I'm talking 3+ feet in diameter. I also have been a bad documenter and have missed taking pics of a few blooms, but I'm hoping to catch what I missed over the month of July. Here's how things are shaping up this month:   Yellow Day Lily   What is It? Guys! What the heck is this? It's the second year it's appeared in my garden, this time with more vengeance then the last. It's big, it's leafs are reminiscent of Wild Geranium or possibly even Anemone but I don't remember ever planting it. It's tall, about 3 feet and has what I would describe as layers of leaves. Is it a giant weed or is it actually a real plant? Someone must know.   Salvia   Petunias These are the petunias I grew from seed, they Get the Scoop [...]
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Gardening Basics : Installing a Garden Bed

I'm back to share with you today my method for adding garden beds to my yard. When I moved into my house there were absolutely no garden beds - I mean none! I've installed and planted all the gardens on my own over the last 4 years. I've gotten pretty familiar with installing garden beds and have a bit of a standard routine I use. I wanted to share it with you guys. I know when I started gardening I had no idea what I was doing, and it took a lot of trial and error to "figure" it out, I'm still learning. Sometimes not knowing how to initiate a new project can be debilitating, especially when it comes to first-time gardening. I hope some of this info can give a few of the confidence to try it out on your own. Let me know if you have any questions and I'll do my best to answer them. 1 Determine the Shape of Your Garden I usually spend a lot of time planning and determining the shape of my gardens. It usually starts with a sketch on a piece of paper and after thinking about it for awhile, maybe even weeks, I'll start to lay it out in real life. I've had a general plan for this garden for over two years, you need a plan before you start. Then you need to really visualize it - what do I have that's long and flexible and works as a good visual representative? Well a hose of course. Yes, I usually layout all my plans with my trusty garden hose. If a hose isn't your thing, try a little spray paint. 2 Dig out a Trench around the Border Once I finalize my layout and plans for the garden, Get the Scoop [...]
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The Side Garden

Hey buddies! I've been working my butt off the last few days, trying hard to finish my latest gardening adventure. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was on a mission to make the veggie gardens pretty, I didn't want them to look like they were just plopped down on the side of my house. My plan was to frame out the gardens with a tailored bed of mulch that followed the lines of our house. Easier said then done. In order to do this I needed to remove some of the grass, amend the soil, install a border, add mulch, recess stepping stones, and top it off with some new plants. I'll be sharing some tips and my process for installing garden beds in tomorrows post. This side garden has been the low-man on the gardening totem pole. Over the last few years, I've been focused on the backyard and boulevard garden beds. Those gardens are all looking pretty good these days, and I finally had the time to give a little love to the side garden. In Minneapolis it is typical to have houses butt up to one edge of a city log, allowing just enough room for a small walkway on that side of the house. Because of this, there is often more space on the other side of the house for a small, but useable side yard. This is exactly the case in our situation. In 2012 the kids and I built our first small veggie garden on the side of the house. When I planned the original garden I imaged that someday we'd add another veggie garden or flower bed constructing something that would give the side yard purpose and relation to the rest of Get the Scoop [...]
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