passionate gardener

Thursday, November 23, 2006


When I was a child, my Dad sold real estate. He told me to be cautious of neighborhoods that were surrounded by fences. Well, mine has no fences in front yards. Yet, the back of my double city lot is surrounded by one. NOW I know why! It's so the leaves of 8 maple trees stay in my yard!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Our feathered friends

We had some frost last night. Looked out and saw no feathered friends feeding! Quick recovery. Hit the shed for the sunflower seed and thistle and those feathered friends were in business again. Next! Must find that electric water defreezer for the water. I don't want to miss out on all the winter excitement these flying feathered friends give me.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Bird "chatter"

Today, I continued to create more beds for the Spring using the method I have already shared. Suddenly, I heard all this bird "chatter" in beds I worked on before. Quietly, I tiptoed over to see at least 20 juncos scouting out the new topsoil and leaves under the bird feeders! Outside is where it's at, for sure.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Enjoy the squirrels at play!

Took a break from my work to hydrate. Sat on the open back porch. Then, a squirrel came by with an acorn in his mouth to check out the new flowerbeds I'm preparing. He was digging in the soft soil and leaves in hopes of finding a hiding place for thos acorns!

Monday, November 06, 2006

1 million leaves!

It was warm and not windy here today. I mulched more of my 1 million leaves from 8 maple trees to offer the lawn protection. Had enough leaf mulch to share with some plants. Many went to the compost pile. What a fulfilling day! As you know, Everyday is a good Gardening Day!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

passionate gardener

Today, I'll prepare the soil for Spring planting. I've put down the cardboard over the turf I wish to make into a flowerbed. Now, I'll put about 4" of leaves over that and wet it down. Finally, I'll add some top soil. Next Spring, I'll just til it up for planting. I found a product called "Green Thumb" that I really like for top soil. Have any of you used it? Finally, I'll add some Nitrogen to get all this cooking. Happy gardening! Everyday is a good day for the garden. Arlene

Thursday, November 02, 2006

gifts at the grocery store for my composting

Today was "restocking the shelves" day at the grocery store. There, in front of my eyes, was all this cardboard. No paint on it. Just perfect. Once upon a time the cardboard was a box filled with food. Now, with permission from the manager, it will be the basis of my new flower beds next Spring. I will put it on the lawn in designated areas, with about 4 inches of leaves (good way to use them), followed by 2 inches of top soil. Next Spring, I'll spade this all up and be ready to plant. Everyday can be a gardening day!