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« on: June 02, 2007 07:27:31 AM »

This year I really went overboard on gardening.  Here in Alabama it is full swing in the gardening season. If you haven't planted yet (like a month ago) there isn't any reason to now - it is getting too hot and dry already!

I didn't take a picture of it but I will - I removed the sod 5' - 6' from the fence completely around the yard - and moved 2 truckloads of woodchips to mulch it all - and put in edging... It took a few weeks but  all is good.  I will be planting more shrubs in the fall - and some perennials after I get them going in my portable 4 shelf greenhouse thingy I got from traveling tool sale..  I am soooo glad I bought that!  My seeds started and grew just amazingingly!  I am going to order more seeds now and start some in the next month or so for fall planting..

Anyhoooo.... Here is my pond.  My clematis already did its thing sadly but the liatris (I know I am spelling that wrong!) is just starting.  I have been having lillies blooming regularly now - of course not today when the camera was out!


Please ignore the bags of rock.... I need to put some more out after I weed tomorrow morning!

Here is my veggie garden.  I have tomatoes, squash and beans all growing. There are two different kinds of eggplant (both flowering but not producing quite yet) canteloupe, cukes, butternut, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans and what will hopefully become a truckload of tomatoes..
My radishes were eaten by something.  I will be replanting them this week... maybe tomorrow.

How can one fit all those yummy goodies in a small backyard garden?  Vertically!  I love to grow vertically.  It is better for the veggies and it is such a huuuuge space saver.
I bought these handy dandy cheap*arse yard trellises - for $5 a pop at a discount store but I needed to add some growing support - so I used yellow nylon twine (which was a better choice than the hot pink I had - not to mention I had a ton of the yellow) and spider webbed it.  I figured soon enough the beans(yellow and green) and the butternut would take over them.. the cukes and canteloupe share a garden trellis on the other end of the garden.




I am not a big fan of tomato cages. I like to stake them instead.. so I got these great handy dandy plastic covered steel stakes from Wallyworld and used nylon kneehighs to tie them to their stakes.. This tomato plant is the one my oldest picked out - it's a yellow one.  I am embarassed to say I think I have like 18 tomato plants in this garden.  Long story.... Some I grew some I bought.


I put patio blocks for a walkway and intended to grow my radishes and carrots inbetween but haven't done so yet.  In between two is my itty bitty compost pile.  I need to work that in the ground this weekend...


Since we are a drought area - around all the plants is a good layer of newspaper and also grass clippings on top - it helps to keep the ground moist and bonus weed prevention!


So far so good!  Now if only I could get a ladybug colony established!  I have two ladybug houses but none are brave enough to move in just yet..


So far so good on the gardening season.  I will post up more pics as things start to really kick in!  I have a lot of gardening planned this year!
Okay.  I have to do some weeding!.. and move that yard cart from the end of the garden... In any defense - I was just on vacation for a week - but it still needs to be done.

Maybe in a few weeks I can upload much more colorful shots of my garden.  I am also going to work on some yard art to hang too - but that is another day.  Right now I will just be happy that my garden is even impressing my husband!
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2007 12:42:13 PM »

I'm impressed. I should take picture of my lilies, they have been blooming so nicely this year, but I need to weed around the pond before I take pictures.
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2007 02:05:47 PM »

looks like a backyard haven!
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2007 02:16:22 PM »

I am so embarrassed by my weeds in my garden. 
I planted - and sprouted - lotus last year in the pond but my koi decided they looked a bit tasty so they didn't make it.  Destructive little buggers... okay, not so little.  The pond I put in last spring... I dug most of it by myself.  My husband dug for about an hour then gave up so I went outside and dug for about 8 hours - solid clay - it was so worth it!  I love my pond. 

Maybe next year the rest of the yard will start looking a bit better - once I get more plants in it.  Right now it just looks like chipped up trees.  If you look carefully past my garden in the patio tile shot you can pretty much get the gist of it - big open chipped tree wasteland.  I do have some shrubs here or there - and beyond the garden is the blueberry bushes - although I think this fall I am going to move them so I can increase my garden space... I can't help it - with a little taste of success I want it all now!
Must.... make.... more..... room.....
too bad carving pumpkins don't grow so well vertically....

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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2007 03:14:06 PM »

I cheated on my pond. First we decided on the shape and I started digging and we had Bermuda grass to dig through and then clay, then the sun shone down on my poor old head and back and the sweat started trickling down, and I went in the house to cool off. That evening my husband said he had a friend with a back hoe and he was coming down on the weekend to dig the pond. In one hour or so, my pond was dug and it is 10 feet x 14 feet and it is 4 feet deep. All I had to do was smooth it out some and dig the steps down and a few shelves on the sides. We only have 1 Koi and a whole bunch of goldfish and some frogs and occasionally a snake, can't forget the snails. I have truly enjoyed this part of our yard more than any other.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2007 08:12:32 PM »

That is so gorgeous!!!
I would love to have something like that, sadly bugs flock where i live.
so beautiful though.
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« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2007 09:43:35 PM »


too bad carving pumpkins don't grow so well vertically....


I saw some pumpkins growing on a loggia type trellis last year at the Denver Botanical Gardens.   Your garden is wonderful-here in Colorado we're really just getting into the planting/transplanting season, except for the salad garden, which is kicking "A" this year!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2007 02:16:37 PM »

here's a picture of one of my water lilies, there has been more this year than last, I have white ones too but none were blooming at the moment
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2007 04:14:38 PM »

That's a gorgeous photo!

I wish I had a pond full of water lilies.
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2007 04:22:23 PM »

craftydeb, your garden is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!!!  I'm amazed at what you've done with the space you have.  Do you preserve vegetables?
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« Reply #10 on: June 11, 2007 05:36:16 PM »

I don't preserve veggies - this garden won't produce enough to warrant buying a canning jar!  I did however pick 5 yellow squash and a handful of yellow beans last weekend.  It is looking great... I have some eggplant forming now too - they are about 2inches long - and the tomatoes are starting to kick in. Good thing I loooove tomatoes!  I also have one overachieving green pepper so far...
That reminds me... we haven't had rain in quite awhile... I better run the soaker hose in the morning!

Great shot of the lily!  I should take some pics of mine - I have had a pretty steady showing of color in the pond - and my snow on the water is blooming.  My koi are ignoring their food tonight - they discovered some new growth on the parrot's feather!  Buggers don't let anything slide much!

I will try and take some pics this weekend - the trellis is starting to get covered up with beans... although one package of beans SAID it was a vine but noooooooo it is definitely not a vine.. I have bush beans.. oh well.  Maybe I will go and plant some more vining ones behind it and have a later crop... hmmmmm.... beans.  love beans..
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2007 05:39:10 PM »

I have some water iris blooming, yellow and purple. Please show your water plants, I have some others but I don't know their names. Would love to see more.
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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2007 05:47:11 PM »

although one package of beans SAID it was a vine but noooooooo it is definitely not a vine.. I have bush beans.. oh well.  Maybe I will go and plant some more vining ones behind it and have a later crop... hmmmmm.... beans.  love beans..

My beans went wild last year-I love them, too. I planted runners and bush this year. It's funny, cause I grew up on a produce truck farm and I used to hate selling green beans and then I worked in a green bean cannery in college and hated them and now I LOVE them!
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2007 05:52:40 PM »

love to watch stuff grow, my husband is always telling me to eat green beans and I hate them, only in vegetable soup will I eat them.
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2007 09:28:40 PM »

beautifull garden!
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gorgeous gardens - the trellises are funky  Smiley
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water iris but alas it is all bloomed out, I had yellow ones too
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2007 07:25:26 AM »

I had to update everyone on my garden - most of which has already done its thing ... but my beans are still going strong...
here are a few shots of my bean trellis in action...

warning - not for those that don't like beans.
this shot was taken after I had not been out to harvest for about 4 days... big oops!



and a close up...
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« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2007 07:27:53 AM »

oh and a shot of the pond and one of its visitors.. we have several different varieties of dragonfly that frequent it and at least 2 frogs that have taken up residence...
and my koi had babies - and I need them out - my pond can't handle the number of baby fish swimming around.. I have had no luck in catching the little buggers yet either which is a drag...


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« Reply #19 on: July 29, 2007 07:50:22 AM »

LOVE those beans! Mine are just starting to produce here. Great trellising of them,too. Every year I say I will build beautiful structures for vertical growing and every year I run crazy sticking in more poles and wires,etc... as the veggies grow Tongue
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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2007 02:22:19 PM »

Now thats what I'm talking about! Getting green! Fabulous job on the pond!
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« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2007 08:27:58 PM »

My fish haven't had babies this year or the bull frogs have eaten them. It is one way to keep the population down. Your pond looks absolutely gorgeous. We have black colored dragonflies and blue damselflies. Hope you get your babies caught and find homes for the little guys.
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« Reply #22 on: August 13, 2007 04:09:53 AM »

I keep trying but they see the net and swim away.  I do have frogs in there - one is considerable size - I have seen I think 4 different types of frogs in that pond but no... still the babies grow... and grow.... and grow....

I divided a lily yesterday - actually it was 3 different ones that were in a pot and were root bound so I divided and got 5 huge clumps... I wonder what the rest of the lilies are doing right about now but I will say I have never seen such huuuuge leaves on a backyard pond!  They are just gorgeous - and starting to take over the pond!  Every day I have at least 4 blooms.  It is really great.

I love my pond!  Now if only the black widows would stop taking up home in the rocks around it then I will be happy.  Scares me to weed around the pond cause of the widows!
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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2007 04:30:53 PM »

I wouldn't want to weed with them around either, the other evening as we sat by the pond I showed my sister in law the biggest of the bull frogs and she thought he was a statue till I stood up and he jumped in the water. I should divide my lilies because they are starting to slow down, I'm sure they are root bound. I finally saw a little tiny fish yesterday, so maybe they are just first hatching.
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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2007 04:33:21 PM »

that one tiny fish is the beginning of the end I tell you - I STILL can't catch the little buggers. All they do is eat... swim... poop... eat some more.... I don't think they ever rest...
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« Reply #25 on: August 16, 2007 04:40:53 PM »

when the weather gets cold, they slow down and then maybe you can catch them, but what will you do with them?
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« Reply #26 on: August 16, 2007 04:53:19 PM »

I am actually wanting to catch them to give away - I can freecycle them out... if I can catch them. If I wait until the water cools and they go into hibernation then it will be too cold to transfer them to another pond - catch 22...

I do have to get them out though.  I have a 1000 gallon pond and it can't accommodate the population.  I am thinking of figuring out how to catch the large fish as well - they are beautiful koi but not nearly as sociable as the babies... so I think the big guys will be the first ones to go... if I can catch them too... There are just too many hiding places and they are too smart for their own good.. and I am too slow with a net  Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: August 16, 2007 04:55:45 PM »

I see, is there a chance someone could help you drag a net from one side to the other? How wide is your pond?
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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2007 05:03:43 PM »

A net might work - I just have a lot of obstacles - between the lilies and the chimney pipes.. My lilies cover more than half of the pond -and  spreading still.  I did just divide some of the lilies = I need to get more pots though. I  have 3 sections in a spackling bucket with water in it.... Not the best of lily pad homes but at least they are safe for now  Cheesy

I am thinking I am going to have to climb on in there and catch them that way... this way I can corner them somehow.  The pond itself is a good sized one - about 3' deep and 5'wide and about 10-12' long.  It will be interesting.... I will have my husband take pics if I get the nerve up to do it.  I used to have to climb in our old pond all the time - at least this one I can almost see the bottom - with our hot weather we have had a algae surge... but it's all good.  I can see mostly to the bottom and that's okay with me.  I climbed in there last year and stepped on a fish - okay, he obviously wasn't doing so good - we called him Flipper.  His rear fins were bent at a 90degree angle.  I felt sorry for him... he wasn't a good swimmer - but the pond is much clearer now - and Flipper has not surfaced this year at all sadly. He was still swimming around in the spring but I haven't seen him in ages.
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« Reply #29 on: August 16, 2007 05:09:14 PM »

My pond is 4 foot deep, 10 foot wide and 14 foot long and that figures up to about 4000 gallons. I bet you have more water than you think. I won't climb into mine, the algae is too bad and I can't see into the water very far and I have found a snake or two lurking about, and I've seen some really strange bugs in there so I'll just stay out of there. If I can't catch the little guys, they will have to wait for me to be able to catch them some other way.
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« Reply #30 on: September 15, 2007 11:11:23 AM »

  Craftycdeb, I LOVE your garden!! MY question is, with your pond, do you have a mesqueeto problem?? My sister had a little pond, maybe 3X3, and she was infested with the darned stinging bugs!! I couldn't go over, they love to nibble one me, until it got cool outside. I love home-made ponds, but that's my main concern, the squeeto's! I did know one couple who had a pond a bit bigger then yours, they had a little bridge to go over it and everything, I didn't see many of the buggers, but I did see a snake once, and a couple frogs too. Just was curious! (Love the idea's of the lotus'!)
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« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2007 12:28:48 PM »

I have not had a bug problem at all - the fish eat anything that touches the water... and I also have some resident frogs - and spiders (sadly mostly black widows Angry ) So no bug issues at all.. the only bugs I see out there besides the widows are dragonflies - we have several different varieties that have included my pond in their travel plans!

No bugs.
You should go for it = just make it big enough to take care of itself - the bigger the better - it will actually be easier to maintain the larger you go.  I wish I could have gone double the size I have but I was restricted by space.
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That's good to hear! Sorry about your black widow's, but best to leave them be! LOL. I can't currently where I am, I'm renting an apartment, but I love lotus flowers, and their history! If we can ever get around to owning our own ground, I may just make a pond!
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« Reply #33 on: September 16, 2007 04:44:28 AM »

You know if you have a balcony or a patio you can grow lotus in one of those portable ponds - just only get one  Wink

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COngrats on being a Best of 2007!! Yay for gardens!!!!
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« Reply #35 on: January 07, 2008 05:18:37 AM »

Wooo hooo!!!!  I hope I can make it again for 2008!  I am actually going to be moving my garden and making it about 3x larger... and going to do some seriously cool decorating if I can help it!

I can't believe my garden made it!
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Aren't you just itching to get back in the dirt Grin Grin Grin Grin
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You have no idea how badly I want to play in the dirt!!  I am going to be planting seeds for perennials this week though - they need a good strong head start... and I need to order some woodchips = as in 2 truckloads probably... and start removing sod for the new garden location...

And it is in the 60's today which doesn't help the spring lust!!!

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Well it's going to snow here again today Angry But I'm setting up the seed starting area Grin
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« Reply #39 on: January 08, 2008 12:00:40 PM »

I am so very jelous of your back yard. I love it. It is also a great idea to plant radish and carrots in between the stepping stones that would look so pretty.
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« Reply #40 on: January 08, 2008 12:02:45 PM »

Our soil is not good for carrots here but I did plant radishes between the stepping stones - every few weeks I would plant more in between the other stones...

I am so stoked.. I can't wait to dig in the dirt again!!!!
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It isn't time to start planting outside here in Kansas, we still have ice on the ground, but I keep looking at all my seeds and such and planning where I will plant when it's time. I don't even have a space that I can start anything inside. While you guys are playing in the dirt, think about me.
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« Reply #42 on: January 21, 2008 04:51:11 PM »

Sweet garden.  I'd love to transplant the lady bugs in my house to your garden, free of charge.  Wink
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« Reply #43 on: January 21, 2008 05:36:47 PM »

I am actually considering buying some ladybugs this year.. husband thinks I am nuts but hey, I want to get a colony established and the only bugs we have a lot of are wasps and black widows.. and june bugs.  Can't forget those humungous weird june bugs... they are like an inch long.  egads.

Okay. I  am going to give myself nightmares... Last summer I went out to pick beans and they swarmed me.... the june bugs not the black widows... Wink
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« Reply #44 on: January 22, 2008 12:10:27 PM »

We're pretty lucky bugwise here in Colorado. I had lots of ladybugs last year, but I did get a couple of aphid infestations they couldn't handle-I just turn the high pressure hose on them and then if that doesn't work, some diluted insecticidal soap. It's the slugs I hate Angry
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« Reply #45 on: January 22, 2008 12:14:42 PM »

beer in a bowl....
slug killer...

I have yet to deal with aphids.  I can't bear the thought of them - that would be just horrid!

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« Reply #46 on: January 22, 2008 12:23:03 PM »

Believe me-I am an expert at the beer in a bowl slug murdering. I had 2 rather embarrassing incidents with it, though. I refuse to waste good beer on slimy slugs so I went to the local liquor store looking for a large bottle of cheap beer. I'm more a wine drinker than a beer drinker so I had to ask the clerk for his largest container of his cheapest beer. Of course, the entire shop fills up right then and I start mumbling that it's for slugs, not for my consumption. He just kind of gave me an "uh huh" look and passed me the brown bag. Then I was walking around the yard at twilight trying to figure where I should put out my tuna cans to fill with beer death and I realized that my new neighbors' (who are very evangelical) parents were watching me from their porch as I zigzagged around the yard carrying a very large bottle of cheap beer and muttering to myself. Tongue Tongue
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« Reply #47 on: January 22, 2008 01:29:01 PM »

Oh my god that is too funny!  I can just picture you wandering around with a brown bag of Colt45 or something looking bewildered... too funny!  You just added a bit of humor to my afternoon that is already being filled up with squabbling kids... It is going to be a loooong afternoon I am afraid!
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