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July 21, 2008


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Lovely! I also have planned out a dream garden... though right now I only have a tiny balcony that faces due North, so nothing really grows. My favourite flowers have to be dahlias and other daisy look-alikes (black eyed susans, Gerbers, etc). Japanese maples are also particularly gorgeous (and add an interesting texture).

Your garden will be best if you stick with things that are suited to your area. On neighborhood walks notice the plants, shrubs, trees that are thriving. Plant these and you'll have sure success. Experiment with new things on a small scale. When things do well, add more! Perennial herbs are my staple - rosemary, thyme, lavender. They are drought tolerant, don't get eaten by bugs or critters, and come back bigger every year. And rosemary can be harvested for use in cooking year-round!
Good luck!

Congrats on your 1000♥!
When I know it is going to rain I put a bucket out to gather it. The next day I use the water to make my hummingbird feeder mix. I have heard they like rain water the best, it's what they are used to!

It's worth the time and effort to research the drought-resistant plants for your area, definitely cuts down on the amount of work you'll have to do, less watering of course and they'll always look great.

My #1 tip is to get plants from neighbors. I got TONS of plants for the beds at my first house by posting on Craig's List that I wanted plants. So many people responded and shared their plants with me. There was no way that I could've afforded such nice plants! Their gardens got thinned out and I spruced up my own yard with some good ole fashioned digging :)

Best of luck to you!

i collect rain water from a bad place in my guttering where water thunders down in a rainstorm. I dowl it out between rains to my thirsty plants. i keep skimming water off the top layer to help avoid misquitos.

Congratulations on 1000! I can't wait to see what you come up with next.
My gardening tips—keep in mind that Mother Nature is the one in charge of your garden, you get to be the caretaker. Work with the conditions you have, dry, shady, rainforest, desert, and research plants that thrive there. Think of your garden as an ecosystem, it is alive, including the living soil, the plants and the insects and creatures that call it home. Let your garden be imperfect! It can be a source of great joy.

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