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The Persnickety Phlox

The Persnickety Phlox

The only gardener I know who got things right first time is God. And don’t you know that Adam, as caretaker of that perfect garden, moved the plants around? Gardeners do that. We can’t help ourselves. Most of the elements in our gardens have moved many times. We adjust for location, lighting, presentation, and sometimes […]

DIY – Composting Fall Leaves – Part 2

DIY – Composting Fall Leaves – Part 2

Once the trees slow their carpet bombing runs, I will be ready for the next step in my compost process. I need my trusty pitchfork, the garden hose, and a bag of fertilizer. I prefer 10-10-10 (or 13-13-13) and avoid the combo products with weed killer + fertilizer. I need a source of nitrogen which […]

DIY – Composting Fall Leaves – Part 1

DIY – Composting Fall Leaves – Part 1

Piles of colorful leaves are popping up along the streets in our neighborhood. It’s time for the annual city-wide leaf vacuuming. The city runs a large composting facility and interested gardeners can buy the finished product. Here’s how it works: I rake or blow my leaves to the curb. Raleigh hauls them away. (The fee […]