Monday, November 29, 2010


I'm in the middle of assembling a greenhouse behind my garage.  Here's the promo photo of it:  It's 6' by 8', and I got it on sale at 25% off.  Now I just need to finish assembling it before the snow comes, and then figure out what to do with it.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Free compost, part two

Yesterday I opened up my compost bin (the one I bought from the city of Portland last spring), cleared off the top layer, and dug out wheelbarrows full of free compost, which I put around my roses, fruit trees, and in my raised bed.  Rich, black stuff, full of earthworms.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

leaf mulch

Before the rain and wind came on Sunday night, I sucked up all the leaves in my front garden with my leaf blower/mulcher, then spread the mulch around my buddleia, rose bushes, lavendar and other more tender perennials.  Then, the winds came, and blew it all around, so I'll have to do most of it all over again.  But it's nice not to have to send anything to the landfill.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Finally, a frost

Our first frost finally came Monday night, over a month late (that's scarier than Halloween, for sure), so yesterday I pulled up my zinnias, cosmos, impatiens, snapdragons and cut back my asters and a few others.  Fall is finally here.