Behind the Fence

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Yes, you can plant those pretty mums in your garden…..

And they might live!

After the blooms die on the chrysanthemums that decorate my porch and/or my patio, I often plant them in a garden bed. Sometimes they live, sometimes they don’t. The ones in this picture were in two large pots on my porch steps a few years ago.

I plant them after the blooms die and before a hard frost, covering them with leave mulch. I read a recent article on Dave’s Garden web site gives information the proper way of planting. I always trimmed the plants back before planting, not realizing I should leave the dead foliage on until spring. Maybe that is why some of mine didn’t make it. I know to “pinch” the plants to about 4-inches until July but usually I am so busy I don’t get it done. I haven’t pinched these red mums but they don’t seem to mind.

These need to be divided, another chore I didn’t get around to doing in the spring. I did divide some in the back garden and shared with friends and co-workers. One person told me hers had hundreds of blooms on it. If you were a recipient of my mum sharing I would like to know how yours are doing.

I took some cuttings of mums in the spring for potted plants this fall. They did reasonably well. I neglected to trim them so they are somewhat leggy. Lesson learned, for well shaped plants I must keep them trimmed.

Mums are relative inexpensive and most folks don’t want the bother of wintering them over, but if you have the space and time it is an easy way to have an abundance of fall color.

Monday, August 22, 2011

How is the Garden

How is the garden?” A question I often hear this time of year. Actually it is in better shape in August than in previous years even with several weeks of 100° plus heat index. The rainfall in our area, while not as much as the garden would like, has been more frequent than in the past few summers. Having cut my work hours to one day a week and not going out of town during the summer has allowed me to give the garden consistent, daily attention.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Musings From The Potager

It is hot in the potager! Getting out at 5:00 a.m. is a must, as is an afternoon nap.

Some vegetables just don’t warrant real estate in the potager especially if they are readily available at the farmer’s market. I’m thinking squash, potatoes, cabbage and cucumbers. Let someone else deal with the bugs and blights!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Yesterday,  the Perennial Garden Club visited the potager. After a brief talk about the potager style and the transformation of our backyard into a garden, here is a little of what they saw.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April in the Potager

The early crops are getting off to a good start inspite of recent rain, hail and wind. The addition of pea gravel around the beds proved to be an excellent choice. I was able to pull weeds and actually do some planting between storms.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

United States Botanic Garden

Just back from Washington D.C. and a visit to the United States Botanic Garden. I have visited the garden several times but never in the spring.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Potager Coming to Life

After a long winter nap, the potager is waking up with new life poking through the leaf mulch in the cutting garden. Daffodils are in full bloom as are some of the early tulips. Wintered over lettuce, arugula and spinach are providing fresh greens for the dinner table. However, most of the garden activity is in the basement seedling nursery, the cold frame and the greenhouse.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Things

I am sitting in front of the fireplace watching the snow fall, flipping through gardening catalogs. Trying to decide if I want red or purple impatiens this year, contemplating if the convenience of seed starting kits is worth the cost, should I replace the compost tumbler before adding another rain barrel, and thinking maybe I should order heating cables for the cold frame. Thinking about all those gardening accessories I have purchased over the years that were indeed wasted money. I am trying to let reason win over lust. I do have a few tools and accessories that I would hate to be without. Some were a bit costly, some didn’t cost anything and several were designed and created by my ingenious husband, Randy. 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Custom Garden Calendar

I would like to share my custom garden calendar for 2011.

The featured pictures are from my garden at various times.