Category: Garden Projects

Jan 21

Small Space Gardening

Gardening Jones is growing her own sweet potato slips.

As I mentioned in my last post, we are downsizing the gardens this year. Dramatically down. From about 800 sq. ft. plus containers, we’re going down to less than 200 plus containers. In the pic above the colored areas were all planted last year. What it doesn’t show is on the left, the yellow box …

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Jan 16

We’re Downsizing the Gardens. There, I Said it.

Gardening Jones is paring down her seed stash and giving them away.

A co-worker in her late 70’s told me the day she felt old was when she had to sit down to get her underwear on. I remember my Dad, a Navy man and lifelong swimmer said the day he felt old was when he went to dive into the swimming pool, and opted to use …

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Jun 11

Gardening for Brain Power

Gardening Jones takes a look at exercising your brain through gardening.

Many years ago I read of a study that showed that activities that involve the brain having to predict outcomes help to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Other studies have shown that physical exercise alone may help, but this study was more specifc and certainly more emphasis was on the types of activities. These included chess and …

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May 21

A Perennial Food Garden

Gardening Jones shares what she is doing to make part of her gardening easier.

There’s an old joke that the older you get, the farther away the ground gets. It’s funny, but it’s also basically true. Our largest part of the garden is by the road, which also seems to be getting farther away. The beds are raised, but only slightly. So we decided to make that part the …

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Apr 15

Easy Raised Beds

Gardening Jones shares some tips for making easy raised beds.

You can build a raised bed pert near anywhere. All you need is the right sun requirements for what you want to grow, and materials for the bed that will hold the soil. If the area you choose is on an incline, make sure you keep your bed level. Otherwise, after a rain you will …

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Aug 22

How to Easily Declutter Your Garden Spaces

Gardening Jones

40 Bags in 40 Days is a wonderful system to help declutter your home, click on the link to learn more. Gardens can get cluttered, too. Like this garden shed, that is storing more spider webs than actually being organized with tools. Or these colorful dollar store buckets, that would look great in the garden. …

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Aug 15

Growing Autumn Decorations in Place

fall decorative plants

Nobody wants to think about fall in the spring. If you do, though, you can be ready with your own autumn decorations when the weather starts to cool. So with next year in mind, here’s a Pin-worthy post that we think you’ll enjoy. The photos above are of our gardens in front of the porch. …

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May 19

8 Edible Plants You Can Grow as a Wall

how to grow grains

If you are looking for a little seclusion in your yard, as we are here in this Before picture, there are a number of edibles you can grow to form a wall of sorts. The bed above will give us some privacy this summer, when we are tending to the garden. We live next door …

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Jan 18

4 Easy Ways to Help the Bees

By now most people know that the bee population is declining and we need to act swiftly to stop and hopefully reverse it. But you might think there is little you can do personally to help. That’s not true, you really can make a difference. Here’s how: 1. Give them a home. Build a Mason …

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Nov 16

12 Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

growing food indoors

When it comes to larger financial decisions, my husband and I hold off unless we both agree. Usually, when one person doesn’t want to spend the money, the other one finds creative ways to talk him into it. 😉 And so it was with an unheated room that would be a great place to not …

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