Why I garden
I garden to combat depression and keep moving. I find it very therapeutic in the doing and the enjoying. I spend at least an hour every day on my patio swing admiring God's handiwork and listening (and watching) the birds. Wildlife is a delight to be worked with and sometimes around (rabbits!). If you've never seen a red-tailed hawk swoop in for the kill on a rabbit just feet away from you, I can only say it's an exciting, appalling and heart stirring sight. I see unusual and beautiful things everytime I step outside (last week I spotted a feral ferret at the mall)! I prefer organics and natives but I'm not rabid about either. They're just the right choice for me.
Melody Leftwich z8 TX's Blog
Posted on July 22, 2009 at 10:24am
Hi everyone! Thanks for all the well wishes. I'm still around but recovery is unbelievably slow. The arm can tolerate keyboarding now at least for a while (not the hours it used to get yet though). For those puzzled by this. I had a breast reconstruction using the latissimus muscle from my back/shoulder area. They scraped it off my shoulder and upper arm and "flipped" it around under my arm to create a pocket for an implant. I won't bore everyone with the entire story of the whys/wherefores of… Continue
Posted on June 17, 2009 at 4:35pm
Just wanted to let everyone know I'll be offline for at least a week and possibly more. I'm going in the hospital for breast reconstruction. While my mostly grown kids have promised to water my garden I doubt they'd be much help answering questions or admiring your beautiful gardens. Their plans run more to playing XBOX, watching movies and eating junk food. No worries, I'll be fine and back before you know it. Meanwhile, mosey over to Connie's page if you need help--she's a pretty savvy… Continue
Posted on June 12, 2009 at 5:02pm
Just read a fascinating article on The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's "Green Scene" website about the American Style garden. It mentions our fascination with English Gardens and Japanese Zen Gardens and asks "What's the American Garden?"
It goes on to mention that peculiarly American custom I'd never even realized was American--The Mailbox Garden. So how many of you have a "mailbox garden"? I've been toying with the idea of making one in my garden planning for Fall and I'd like… Continue
Posted on June 1, 2009 at 2:00pm
I stepped out on the patio this morning and saw my first wasp nest ever here at the new house. In some ways this was a welcome sight as it confirms that biodiversity is returning to my home. Also, I realized that more troops have volunteered in my fight against the harmful insects that were a serious problem here last year.
Wasps are one of the most beneficial critters you can have! They go after harmful insects like tomato hornworms, cabbage loopers, black widow spiders, ants,… Continue
Posted on May 27, 2009 at 11:49pm
If you have ever looked at those chemical "weed & feed" products longingly--I've got a revelation for you. They neither weed nor feed very well. Problem is that for the "weed" portion to be effective you have to spread it before weed seeds germinate--well before grass can use the "feed" portion. If you wait for the grass to actually need fertilizer it's way too late to use a pre-emergent.
Don't despair though, there is one thing that does the job beautifully: Corn Gluten… Continue