erica's gardening journal
Friday, August 30, 2002Toad at Home.
Toad Hole. last fall, when we started "exploring" the backyard of our new home, we discovered a hole below the liriope that rings an oak tree. the liriope ring has apparently been around the tree for several years and has built up about six inches above the level of the yard. the hole was (is) two or three inches in diameter, of indeterminate depth (*i'm* not about to stick my fingers in there!) and sheltered by the liriope.
Thursday, August 29, 2002Get Donkey! Garden. fellow h-town blogger get donkey! has gotten the garden bug. he even has pictures documenting his success.
Wednesday, August 28, 2002Rooting Gardenias, Again. i have four more gardenia cuttings in water, even though i have two successful gardenia rooting experiments in pots. Insect Identification. the texas cooperative extension's common insects of texas image archive helped me identify the large milkweed bug. Large Milkweed Bug. recently, i've noticed several of these black and orange bugs on the milkweed. i think they look scary, but apparently they are more-or-less harmless.
Sunday, August 25, 2002Building a Raised Bed. it won't win any design awards, but i built a raised, brick vegetable / herb bed this weekend. it's about 10' x 3' and 10 inches (4 bricks) deep. before starting, i covered the ground with all the newspapers we had (about one week's worth). after i built up the walls, i filled it with mostly-done compost. sometime in the next few months i'll buy a couple of bags of soil to dump on top. Mexican Heather Cuttings. this afternoon i potted 14 of the cuttings that had been rooting in water. yes, fourteen. i left three more cuttings in the water. they had roots, but not as many as the other cuttings.
Friday, August 23, 2002Rain, Rain, Go Away. i know i shouldn't complain about rain in august - especially not here in texas - but we've had about four more inches since sunday. we are now comfortable with the drainage of our property as we have had no problems with rising water, even though the ground in our neighborhood is saturated.
Tuesday, August 20, 2002Snake! okay, i wasn't really scared since the snake was barely longer than my hand and not even as thick as a pencil. i saw it yesterday while i was digging up the rain lily. at first glance i thought it was a skink, but when i looked more closely it was definitely a snake.
Monday, August 19, 2002Rain Lily? walking through the backyard this evening i noticed a splash of hot pink in the middle of the grass. a bit of skimming through my books and searching online and i'm almost positive that it is a rain lily - zephyrantes - of some sort, perhaps z. grandiflora. makes sense, given that we've had lots of rain lately, including another half inch or so yesterday.
Friday, August 16, 2002Attack of the Star Jasmine. i took advantage of the gently falling rain yesterday - it was keeping the west nile virus mosquitoes at bay - to cut back the star jasmine. once again, it is stretching out tendrils to ensnare unwary passers-by. my method is simple: extend offending vine, cut back as high as i can reach. Rain Gauge. to do this weekend: buy a rain gauge. i want to know *exactly* how much rain falls in the yard. between wednesday night (late) and this morning, we had approximately four inches of rain. give or take an inch.
Wednesday, August 14, 2002Rooting Mexican Heather. three or four of the cuttings now have visible roots. took one week exactly.
Tuesday, August 13, 2002Composting. first of all, the "compost pile" over there in the left column is, in fact, the archive section for past posts. get it? it's the pile of old stuff of dubious worth (my dad's words, not mine).
Thursday, August 08, 2002You Bet Your Garden. mike mcgrath's radio show is like car talk for gardeners. Mexican Heather Cuttings. the "near future" i referred to in yesterday's post turned out to be a few hours later.
Wednesday, August 07, 2002Mexican Heather. one of the mexican heather plants in the backyard is now approximately one foot in diameter and six inches high - this from a tiny plant that i bought in a 4-inch pot last fall. this location gets lots of sun and the plant has just thrived. sometime in the near future i'll take cuttings from it to root more plantlets. it has also been in constant bloom all summer. no supplementary water, but it does have mulch (unfinished compost) about two inches deep all around it. this plant also has an offspring a few inches away; it's about half the size of the parent plant.
Saturday, August 03, 2002July Flowers...
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