Beginner Gardeners

Monday, June 27, 2005

Lots of Yard Work!

Well, the weekend is over and we're all back to work. Don't tell the boss, but I'm getting some much needed rest today. I spent the majority of the weekend working in the yard. Gotta admit - it looks pretty good. I was covered in dust and sweat by the time I was done, but was able to edge, weed-eat, trim the hedges, cut the grass, prune some trees and weed & mulch two flower beds. Not a bad day's work. I also had a chance to review some of the posts from above. Meodart - Good advice on reading the tags. Those little things are like reading the classified ads in the paper, but still full of useful information. I agree with your claim of being able to pick up similarities between different varieties. It seems like there is a string of basic concepts that runs through all of the plants. Lhearts - Good luck with the dry spots in the yard. If Mother Nature doesn't provide enough rain, you may go broke trying to keep it irrigated with the water hose. Have you considered planting
drought tollerent grass, such as Bermuda Grass. It does well in the shade and dry areas. It will probably work well under your pine trees, too. If you can't get grass to grow under the pine trees you could build a bed there, instead. A few interesting
perennials and colorful annuals may be just what the area needs. The benefit of the bed over grass is the ability to add
mulch which will help retain moisture.

A special thanks to my new friends at
Cottage Farms Direct for providing me with a copy of useful terms and definitions. Please take a minute to check out their site. Very helpful!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

What kind of plants are these?

Hey everybody! Thanks for adding your comments. Good luck to kcjskier and lhearts with the grass. Mine, on the other hand, will not stop growing. Luckily, I'm much better at mowing than I am at raising plants.

Got some bad news yesterday. We (Mobile, AL) normally receive rain 3 out of 10 days during the summer. This year, however, it looks like we can expect it 40% of the time with higher temperatures than average, too. Get ready for the dog days of summer.

I visited Bellingrath Gardens and Home recently trying to find inspiration for my own yard. The following pictures are some of the plants I saw that I'd like in my yard. I assume they grow well here, but I don't know what they are or where to get them. Help! Please let me know if you recognize anything.

Thanks for the help. Continue to post your own questions and I'll try to help you find answers.

Monday, June 20, 2005

First Blog - First Garden

Hey! Thanks for checking out my blog. Hopefully, we can create a location for folks to share all of their gardening knowledge. If you're like me you need all of the help you can get. Please feel free to jump in and ask questions, provide tips, share pictures or just rant about the bad weather!

My wife and I just bought our first house this year and are trying our best to keep up with the Jones'. We have these neighbors who are out there every day after work planting, digging, cutting, trimming, watering and fertilizing. I don't think we have a chance to hang with them and their garden-of-the-month mindset, but, like I said, we're trying our best. I'm hoping to find some colorful and easy-care style plants. Any suggestions? Should I buy from my nearest big-box or visit the local guys at the nursery? I need plants for every part of the yard - tall and short. Of course, I don't want to take out a second mortgage to get this done, either.

Buy the way, we live in the deep South where it is hot, hot, hot! But, we do get a lot of rain if that makes any difference in your ideas.

Thanks for the help! -JJ