Showing posts from January, 2012

Gardens in Miniature

One of the newer gardening trends is building a miniature garden. For those of you who enjoy miniature dollhouses and gardening as a hobby, this is a great project combining the love of both. Miniature gardens contain live plants, chairs, arbors, tools, rocks and patios just like a real garden. The plants that are used are small in size and kept pruned to stay small for the garden. The garden can be any size you want or have space for. I have seen some gardens that are growing in baskets and containers that can be placed on a table top outside or large raised gardens on the ground. It is up to you and your imagination on what you create.

After you decide on a size and design for your garden you will want to use good soil that will drain well. Fill your container or raised bed with soil and start creating your hardscape. Use small flat rocks for stepping stones, patios or walls in your garden. You can add waterfalls, stream beds and even ponds with real water in them. Use your imaginat…

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day - January 2012

I nearly forgot that it was Garden Blogger's Bloom Day! When you have snow on the ground you stop thinking flowers in the garden and spend your time looking at flowers in catalogues. I do have some plants in bud in the garden like Witch Hazel, Flowering Quince and Hellebores, but I am hoping that they wait till the weather improves some before flowering.

Inside the house I have been growing Hostas from seed and I have around 35 nice streaked Hostas for the test garden this year. I grow the Hosta seedlings under lights 24/7 from October to May.

The Orchids are blooming and still setting more buds for future flowers.

In the greenhouse, I carried over tropicals, geraniums and wax begonias that continue to bloom. They will be returned to the garden in the spring.

Happy Gardening everyone and have a great Garden Blogger's Bloom Day!
The Creative Gardener

The Worms Crawl In.....The Worms Crawl Out

Last year I attended a class on how to compost using kitchen food waste and worms. After attending the class I was excited to give vermicomposting a try. I searched around online looking for a worm compost bin that would meet my needs and I purchased a four bin unit. The composter that I ordered did not come with worms and after looking around online again, I purchased my red wiggler worms. While wait for my worms to arrive, I prepared their new home per the instruction that came with the bin. In about two weeks my worms arrived in the mail. When I opened the mail box there was the typical assortment of junk mail and a small box containing my worms. I started sorting my mail in the house and I found dead worms in my mail. It seems that during the shipping of my worms there had been a mutiny and most of them had escaped. Out of the 100 worms that I ordered, I still had around 25 left. I am still not sure how they got out of a burlap bag and a sealed box, but they did. I am sure that th…

Has Your Tree Been Slimed?

If you ever watched the movie "Ghost Busters" then you have heard the saying of being "slimed". My poor sycamore tree has been slimed by slim flux. Slim flux or wet wood begins when the tree is damaged by poor pruning, freezing, broken limbs or other damage to the tree. Bacteria enters the open wound. Once the bacteria enters the wound it inhabits the tree. It can be inside the tree for a long time and not be noticed until the bacteria produces enough gas that it causes the sap to flow out the wounded area. Over time the sap continues to run and it turns a gray to white color on both sides of the wet area. It is not very attractive to look at on the tree and the ooze can have a bad odor to it. Once your tree has slim flux, there is nothing you can do to control it. At one time, people would insert drain tubes into the tree, but this is no longer done. Trees that can get slim flux are maples, mulberry, elms, paper birch, red buds, walnuts and sycamore trees. What ca…