Friday, September 20, 2013


Janice just finished the newest garden bed at our place. We still need to install the lattice around the bottom of the deck, but all in it's due time.
 This shot looking down from the deck.
 Close view, the Echinacea in the rear is the plant we intend on spreading more of, around the rear of the Elk Horn Cedar. We already have three more flats of them started from seed, the Echinacea not the Cedar. 
 In this shot from a distance you can see why we want to install lattice around the bottom of the deck.
We are also going to add another lattice panel on either side of the existing lattice with the Jasmine climbing. At this point I don't think we will ever be done making changes to our garden and home.
I also planted 30 Daffodil bulbs and a flat of Echinacea in a bed at the bottom of the stone steps (not pictured).
Since this post, Janice has planted two mature Echinacea and four flats of small Echinacea seedlings, around the back of the Elk Horn Cedar. I'll try to post a picture after the current rain stops.


  1. What a lovely place you and Janice have created! I love Echinacea and plan on putting it all over my place next year - if I ever have time to concentrate on my flower gardens!

  2. Oooooo, look at all that beautiful, wonderful BLACK DIRT!! Oh yeah, the flowers will look grand in bloom too! (I have soil / dirt envy)

    A garden never seems to be "done", but a life's work in progress ;)

  3. Susan, Thank You very much!
    I keep a close eye on your blog as well. Your place and you have a beautiful place also. Not to mention your critters, that can't help but keep you amused, or irritated depending on the particular day.


  4. Carolyn, Thank You as well! Janice and I have been working on this soil for 13 going on 14 years not. It takes a lot of chicken, goat, horse and what ever manure you have along with barn bedding, and I was even hauling coffee grounds from one of the local Latte shops for about 1.5 years. Probably the best investment we ever made was our compact tractor, good for cleaning barns, hauling stuff to the compost pile and turning the pile.
    With the critters we have we make a mountain of compost every year, and still had a large pile to give to the neighbor.