How Does Your Garden Grow?

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What’s growing in your garden this week? As I step out of my back door, the smell of honeysuckle is intoxicating.  It grows along the tree line in my back yard, and sitting out  on my back deck drinking my morning coffee, or just pulling weeds is such a treat.  I hate to see them go in… 

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A Weekend of Weeding

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How did you spend your weekend? Two weeks of rain everyday and temperatures in the 80’s, this is how I spent mine.

Troll Doll Succulents

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Remember those little troll dolls that were so famous in the 60’s?  I had one that I carried everywhere and I remember on vacation one year I left it at the motel. My dad drove back to get it for me! I guess he didn’t want to hear crying all the way to Florida.  … 

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Buckets of Flowers

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I love galvanized buckets, and pick them up on my flea market trips when I can get them for a reasonable price. I never pay over $10.00 for them, and most are $5.00 to $8.00. I brought them out of the storage building Saturday and planted a few to place in my yard. I love… 

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Beginning Beekeeping-The First Month

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  On April 14th,  I picked up three two pound packages of bees. I met Brushy Mountain Beekeeping at our local Cracker Barrel Restaurant along with several other people. Loaded onto a flat bed truck was at least 100 packages of bees that had traveled to Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. The package comes with the… 

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Catnip

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“The sight of a cat in this strange ecstasy over a bunch of Catnip always gives me a half-sense of fear; she becomes such a truly wild creature, such a miniature tiger”. Alice Morse Earle, Old Time Gardens, 1901   The catnip in my garden is flourishing after the rain. A few weeks ago it… 

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The Herb Garden in Spring

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As I was driving home this afternoon, I was struck by how pretty all the yards were. It has been raining for over a week, and as a result, green is everywhere! Today, after yet another rain which has brought us over 5 inches in the last couple of days, there was finally a break… 

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The Perennial Garden in Spring

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I have been busy over the last few weeks getting things ready for an annual Lawn and Garden Show I do. That, and the frequent rain we have been having, had left my gardens full of weeds and the lawn un-mowed. A light rain shower last night left the soil soft, so I was out… 

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Cosmos

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  I like to plant perennials in my yard because not only do they come back every year, but are easy to divide, and can save you a lot of money if you have several large gardens. But, for my container gardens, nothing beats the wide variety of annuals that are available.   I have mostly… 

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Violas

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I’m not a fan of pansies. The summer heat in Georgia, has them withering by June. But, it’s little cousin the viola is a favorite of mine. The first flower to greet me each spring, it weathers the winter and comes back reliably each year, spilling out of the half barrel planter. The tri-colored ones,… 

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