My Ugly Garden

My Ugly Garden

Friday, May 21, 2010

Veggie patch and random pictures

The weather has been so strange around here the last couple of months that I haven't had a chance to put my tomatoes in.  Just when I would hit the weekend, it would rain or get cold.  So, finally, yesterday I spent all morning prepping a small bed.  I hope it isn't too late to plant.  I'm going to head down to the garden center later and try to find some tomatoes with shorter growth times.  In the past my veggie gardens have been less than stellar despite my composting efforts. Here is a photo of last years' corn crop....

So this year I dug twice as deep and put in twice as much compost.  I think what is happening is that the root systems would do fine in the shallow compost layer, then hit the hard clay underneath, stunting the growth of the plant. We shall see how the plants do this year with more room to spread their little roots.  Wish me luck..

My daughter took some more pictures of The Ugly.  They turned out nicely, I think.

This is lantana growing in the butterfly garden

A daisy, also in the butterfly garden.

And, of course, Miss Daisy

I also did some work in the rock garden yesterday.  In keeping with my low cost philosophy,  I transplanted some plants from another part of the yard.. I think they are called "gold coins", but I'm not sure.  My Mother-in-law had them growing in her yard and she was kind enough to share some with me.  I took the picture right away, just in case they don't survive the move.

A little over exposed, but I think you get the idea.  It should look nice when it fills in.  Hopefully there is enough sun for it.

Again, a bit over exposed.  This is the other side of the rock stream.  I had planted some lamb's ears there, but the kids were trampling them.  There is a lot of broken up concrete around the yard.  Honestly, I'm not sure where it is coming from.  Just when I think I have picked up all the pieces, I find more.  Which is ok, because I built this little border to remind little feet that there are plants growing here. 

Well, it's off to the garden center.  The little ones and I are all in need of an outing.  Everyone is a little stir crazy.


  1. daisy and Daisy...see the resemblance?

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you can get something growing for food in your garden too. It does take a lot of work & luckily my hubby enjoys it.

  3. I enjoyed visiting your blog, don't give up on making a beautiful garden, it will come with time. You might like to visit or paintordig.blogspot for gardening tips- even though they are not in your gardening zone.

  4. aww tiny corn! I love it! Your puppy is so cute!