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Pretty in Pink

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Iris

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Sunny Day, Few Clouds

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Accessible Gardening

Anyone, if they want to, can garden. Appropriate design, that is design that understands and incorporates the wants and needs of the individual, is the key.  Gardening is the act or, as I prefer the art, of growing plants. While not all gardens are works of art, the designer, using basic design principles, incorporates the seven design elements (line, shape, form, space, texture, value and colour) when creating a garden. What plants the gardener grows is a personal choice and the variety of possibilities is vast. The most successful gardens embrace diversity and employ a wide palette when laying out a garden. All too often, people when they think about a garden, visualize flowers and-or vegetables planted directly into the ground in neat and straight rows. There is nothing wrong with this image and many successful gardens adopt this design. However, it is only one of a number of ways plants can be grown. This article begins an ongoing series that will look at how to create accessible gard…

Community Garden: Iris

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Today's Greenhouse Planting

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June 14, 2017.


Planted early jalapeno, sweet long peppers, and sweet bell peppers in the greenhouse today. 24 plants in total.








Planting the History Garden: Campbellton NB

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The Galerie Restigouche Gallery History Garden June 10, 2017





Compost

Healthy soil means healthy plants. How do you keep your soil healthy?  Simple, use an organic fertilizer at the end and the beginning of each gardening season. Where can I get organic fertilizer? Easy enough, make your own from material already at hand. I am talking about compost which is an excellent organic fertilizer Now you can go out and buy compost, if you do choose an organic compost. However, a cheaper way to get compost is to make your own. I would be amiss to mention using well-rotted manure to feed the soil. Sheep manure, purchased locally, is my choice when no other source of organic fertilizer is available. Making your own compost is a straightforward process. All the material needed are right at hand. Food scrapes, not bone or meat, but vegetables are excellent compostable material. You can also add grass clippings to the mix. Besides adding grass clipping to the compost pile leave the bulk of the clippings where they fall when you cut the lawn. This is a cheap and healthy w…