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No Time To Garden?

Or it is not on your list of interests...

That may not be you, if you are subscribed to this list... but it might describe your child, or someone who lives on your block.

If they are "Generation Y" (Born: 1977-1994) they may have little time or interest in gardening. 

At least, that is what they think. Just like many of the Boomer generation felt we had little time for computers, or exercise, or any of a number of things that we later discovered were something we needed to make time for. 

People often care about the value of their home and potential selling price; they also care more about the health benefits of homegrown, chemical free foods; and not last on the list is the connection with nature for themselves and their children.

Time in the garden answers all that and more. The question is really how can we relay the experience and skill set for helping people find the right level of garden effort for them. To answer those cares and needs, without complicating their learning curve with our own wish to see a beautiful garden.

Need inspiration for your design?

  • front entry
  • back entry -coming in the future
  • side yard entry -coming in the future

Roses

The only roses I grow now are hardy enough to take the kind of winter we had this past year, so I wrote a page on one of my "survivors", Blanc Double De Coubert. It is one of the rugosa breed.

Maybe you've lost some of your roses? If you are interested in a starting list of hardy roses, that is here. You might want to try a trick that I'm going to, just as soon as my roses start blooming:
  • Cut off a length of rose stem with a bloom, about 12-18". Strip off leaves and remove bloom.
  • Stick cut cane into a small potato, and plant.
  • My mother covered with a jar -I will try with and without.
  • Grow on until roots form. Transplant where wanted.
I'm going to try this technique I found on Pinterest.
Trees in Georgia, early April.
2014 gave gardens a late start in many areas of the country, including mine. May becomes a wild charge to make sure that flowers and vegetables are given enough time to start before the heat of summer arrives.

Seen These Pages?

New on the site:
May Chores Reminder

Blanc Double De Coubert

Ready To Eat Local?

My Youtube Channel
Gardening With Greggo
Garden Walk Garden Talk
Early American Garden
Rhone Street Garden

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I love garden design -come join me @ http://www.ilonasgarden.com
This time of year calls for edging.One of my favorite tools for the job is a half moon edger. You can use a garden spade, but for thin, clean cut slices, this tool does the job effortlessly ( well, almost).

Achy from Gardening

How about you? Do you garden til it hurts? I have this past week, but I'm always glad with the results.

It doesn't leave much time for cooking. Try the salad recipe I posted.
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Have a spot like this? What would you do for my son's mailbox corner?

This year I sprinkled wildflower seeds in the bare places.

Even though the annuals will only bloom for this year, it keeps the weeds out and provides color until more permanent plants fill in. A rose climbs into a Crape Myrtle tree, Liriope lines the driveway... very common choices for the South.

When suggesting things for non-gardeners, remember to look from their perspective and time restraints.

Thanks for subscribing- I appreciate being able to share what I'm doing with you all.
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