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Problem garden spot December 1, 2008

Posted by liajo in garden thoughts and ideas.
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weedsI’ve got one spot in the yard that is really a problem and I don’t know what to do about it.  It’s in the front yard, and that makes it even worse.  You know the whole curb appeal thing.  Anyway, it is the strip of ground between the street and sidewalk.

Over the years I’ve seen our neighbors fill the strip with bark, brick, and concrete.  Some of left just left the weed infested grass and others have done a combination of flower beds and grass.  What ever I decide to do I know there will have to be some type of stepping stones or plants that can be stepped on.  Other wise there will be no way to get into a car parked in the street.

I really what to do something with the strip this summer.  About 6 years ago we pulled out the weed infested grass and since then I’ve tried various flowers but none seem to do to well.  Not to mention that there are still plenty of weeds.  I know the first step needs to be soil amendment, but then what?  If you’ve got an idea PLEASE share it with me.

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Why Organic? October 23, 2008

Posted by liajo in Bubba & Allie.
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I am a big fan of organic foods and gardens.  I use organic growing practices in my gardens all the time.  I have never used pesticides on my plants, trees or lawn.

Yes, I do it for the health of our family, all our family, including our dogs.  I could wash the vegetables and peel them and get most of the bad stuff off.  But what our two Jack’s that love to lay in the grass, roll in the grass and nibble around the edges of the lawn.  I can’t bath them each time the go outside, (Allie would hate that) and Bubba doesn’t want me trying to wash his grass salad as he nibbles. 

Yes, most fertilizers and pesticides say they are safe for dogs and cats after a few hours.  I just don’t trust them.  If it kills bugs, moles or weeds than I believe it could at least have a chance of killing my dogs and I’m not willing to take the risk.  And the dogs haven’t seemed to care that there are a few weeds in the lawn when they roll around on it.