Got some new "babies" today

Lamora(4)May 11, 2013

will post pictures tomorrow. Hi all! went to lowes just for a look-see today and found 3 new plants, thought I would give a Wandering Jew another chance. It looks much better and stronger than my other one that wants to die every time I try to plant it (what is left is in water)

Got me a fly trap, very small one, hoping it will eat some gnats flying around here.

And I also got me a Cryptanthus Pink Star, just because I thought it was interesting looking. Will need to look it up-- I hate buying on impulse!! lol

I was watching everyone else around, getting things for gardens, and I really wish I could plant a real nice flower garden here. There is a real good spot for one in front, tho it wouldn't get much sun light. Always in the shade, but it needs something, right now there are strawberries that are old and won't produce any fruit. But there is nobody here that is physically fit enough to get on the ground and do what need to be done. If my DH wasn't out on the road, I would ask him to make me a raised garden like thing, it is the only way for me to do an outdoor garden. /sigh..

But will post pictures tomorrow sometime.. and I hope that every one has a great day tomorrow! :)

Marjie-- really needing to stop this impulse buying thing!! lol

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

If you've got more time than energy, like I do, smothering and lasagna is the easiest way to start a new garden bed for free, or almost. Sooo much easier than digging up grass. Just spread newspaper (about 10 sheets thick) or cardboard, overlapping well, until the area you want to be a bed is covered. Then cover the paper with 4-6" of finely shredded mulch and wait for the grass to die, usually 4-6 weeks but could be longer for some grasses. I've done this many, many times.

My latest one is really ugly but I'm just trying to make lemonade out of lemons with this one... drought (probably aided by grubs) killed the grass here so I decided that would be the new sunny front bed I was considering. I did dig out a little spot that had hardly any grass and put some Cannas and Gladiolus there, a tiny baby maple tree, some Hibiscus cuttings which still just look stupid 'cuz they're "dead" sticks in the ground, then kind of working around it with smothering, and bark chips, which aren't my preference but I had them available. They don't stay in place if it ever rains really hard. Anyway, with this, I'm not planning to leave the bark chips there, they're just making sure the newspaper is held firmly to the contours of the ground to block the air and light from reaching the grass, which is what is needed to kill it. Whenever I can find more shredded hardwood, I'll replace the bark chips.

Anyway, the newspaper decomposes and does not need to be removed later, just dig through it to add plants in the ground.

I've also smothered grass with stuff that was handy, but does have to be removed to use the bed, like sheets of metal, old egg crate mattress topper, the bags of mulch that will cover the spot, whatever's handy. I think it's easier to wait for the grass to die than dig it up, and I don't mind if it has to get more ugly in the process of getting more pretty.

One other benefit of smothering with a leave-in-place substance like paper or cardboard is that the weed seeds that may be in the ground are unable to germinate as they might be if you just dug up the grass and/or tilled.

The lasagna comes into play if you add amendment layers to your smothering. For example, you could put the paper/cardboard, then kitchen scraps, ready to use compost, leaves, yard trimmings, whatever organic material (OM) that is handy, then the mulch (or not, if the other stuff is a thick enough layer to hold the paper in place and block the light.) It's not necessary to have lasagna layers when smothering, but when planting later, there's a huge improvement if a lot of
OM was placed there.

AND, while you're waiting, you can set potted plants there...

I wrote this for someone complaining about clay, which you probably also have in ID so will paste it here also. Some of this is redundant...

Before I moved to AL, I started many new gardens in OH, in the sub-clay they leave after removing the top soil, when making a housing...

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 10:05AM
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Cannot wait to see your new babies, Lamora! I, too, recently acquired a pink star.

Wow, purple! Interesting... Thanks for sharing your knowledge! (:

    Bookmark   May 15, 2013 at 4:28AM
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Just as purple described, I do similar to get new beds in without too much digging.
Here I had lots of turf friends of mine just removed, so I piled it up (grass side down/roots up) approx. 8-10" high right on existing grass. Then I put layers of cardboard on top of the sod & topped it with some shredded leaves and finally with some soil. The tarp is there more to keep it all intact, and will be removed soon (in the meantime it helps to create extra heat & hopefully speeds up composting). I don't think it will be ready to plant until at least fall since it is lots of turf. But next spring it should be definitely ready for some veggies.


This post was edited by rina_ on Thu, May 16, 13 at 1:03

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 1:01AM
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