It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort.
Ajuga is one of the most indispensable groundcovers around. It has many uses and looks great much of the year. Also known as carpetweed or bugleweed, ajuga forms a 6-inch-tall mat of glossy leaves that always seem to look neat and fresh. In many cases, the leaves are colored with shades of purple, white, silver, cream, or pink. Individual plants grow as a rosette, but they intertwine to form a solid carpet that withstands some foot traffic. Perennials - List of Perennial Flowers and Plants. Plant Encyclopedia - BHG.com
How to build a raised bed for your garden A raised bed is one of the best ways to grow vegetables. Materials for a raised bed: One 6-foot-long 4-by-4 ($15) Six 8-foot-long 2-by-6s ($75) One 10-foot-long 1-inch PVC pipe ($3) Two 10-foot-long ½-inch PVC pipes ($6) 32 3½-inch #14 wood screws and 16 ½-inch #8 wood screws ($29) One 4- by 10-foot roll of ¼-inch-mesh hardware cloth ($15) Eight 1-inch galvanized tube straps (semicircular brackets; $3.60) 32 cubic feet (1 1/5 cu. yd.) soil mix ($100 in bags; look for combination of topsoil, compost, and potting soil). With a table or power saw, cut the 4-by-4 into four 16-inch-tall corner posts.
Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association National News - From NGA Editors Look Before You Pump Spring is arriving (however belatedly in some parts of the country this year!) and it's time for gardeners to get their tools and equipment ready for the season ahead. As you get mowers, trimmers,... Growing Active Kids