Posts Tagged ‘Annuals’

Learning Garden 4: Designing the Garden

Monday, April 16th, 2012
As I drive to the grocery store, I pass a school with an outdoor classroom and learning garden. I have often been envious of the space and considered how lucky they are to have it.  A few years ago, the school principal contacted the Extension Office asking for help from the Master Gardeners. Despite having an amazing resource, only one (yes, one) teacher uses the space. An incredible resource left fallow and neglected by most of the staff.  How can this happen? What went wrong? Why aren’t they using it? (more…)

Harvesting Flower Seeds in the Fall

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
As we winterize our landscape and garden, I make a point to have my girls help me collect seeds. This hands-on activity gives them a real-life experience that ties them to the complete cycle of plant life. Nature regenerates itself in anticipation of the spring to come. (more…)

Soil Test Report

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
Recently, I shared a video with you demonstrating how I took a soil sample from my garden.  I brought my “bags of dirt” to our county extension office. For a fee of $10 per bag, the soil would be analyzed and the results would be mailed to me within ten days. (more…)

How to Plant Annual Flowers

Friday, May 13th, 2011
I love digging in the dirt! It’s probably why I buy so many annuals every year- more digging! The one annual that I plant every year is the begonia. It always looks great from the road and provides the color I desire for that part of the landscape. We set out mid-morning to plant the begonias. I had gathered everything we needed to get started: flowers (begonias), trowels, mulch, root stimulator, water can, and gloves. I got started with all three girls helping but within minutes, two of them had disappeared. They had created a mud pile and began sculpting shapes out of the mud; I’m sure they thought it was much more fun than helping dear ole’ mom. Doesn’t she look proud in this picture! (more…)

Perennials vs. Annuals in Your Landscape

Friday, May 6th, 2011
Our school contains a passionate group of teachers, parents, and administrators that dream of building an outdoor classroom at our elementary school. Since I love dirt, plants, and kids, it’s fitting that I am elbow deep in this project. Bringing this vision to a reality takes years of planning and fund raising from a community of dedicated people. One method of fundraising has been a plant sale. (more…)

Dog Days of Summer

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
It is sizzling HOT. I find myself watering for an hour a day while dreaming of underground irrigation systems, drip lines and soaker hoses! It’s a matter of time and money before everything is watered by a push of a button.   (more…)