Sunday, April 20, 2008

Shady Vegetables

Having a lot of shade doesn't preclude no vegetable plants in the garden for the rabbits to eat. Here is a list of plants that can deal with shady areas. Remember though they still need a few hours of sunlight. A green rule of thumb is if you are growing a plant for it's leaves,buds, or stems, it can deal with the sun glasses. We have planted different kinds of lettuce in with flowers successfully for interesting effects.
Salad Greens, such as leaf lettuce, arugula, endive, cress, and radicchio
Brussels Sprouts
Swiss Chard
Leafy Greens, such as collards, mustard greens, spinach, and kale

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spring Thoughts

Oh my goodness spring is finally here in Minnesota and time to clean the yard and think of........ oh wait I'm not young any more so my fancy turns to..... ? Sometimes I forget, ya ponds and things that keep me out of trouble. There are so many pond things to think about fish, what kinds, how many. Filters, bacteria food, fountains. What is leaking , what isn't. It is almost to much to think about. Ah, I'll just wander around the yard, after cutting a bunch of hedges this morning.


Saturday, April 05, 2008

Fountian Pond

Our community garden is going to try something really different. They need to build a pond. It started out as just needing a collector for water that spilled off the fountain onto the ground. We thought about all kinds of solutions rubber ponds, concrete. Then I got the brilliant idea of making one out of stainless steel and covering the outside of the pond with local fieldstone.
It just so happens we have several local companies that work with stainless. Liking the idea when approcached they carried it to the next level suggesting that instead of a round shape it be formed in the shape of a local lake. Here is a rough sketch of what we are thinking about. I will post as to how it goes.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Green Walls

Wow ! was all I could say when I first saw these at