A “grows on you” alum has asked what I meant by “over fertilization”. Simply this: ignoring soil tilth and microdiversity with the short term fix of chemicals.
When I moved into my home and addressed the green mat that was my backyard with the ubiquitous round mouth shovel, I found a horror story just below the sod… there was a layer of “topsoil” that was approx. 3-4 inches in depth and below that was rubble from what must have been an industrial site and a gray soapy clay substrate. The grass was growing because it had been watered and coddled, and fed insecticide and the soil dosed with herbicide. It took two growing seasons for the earthworms to return. When I think of the frustration I felt because I did not have a large budget for my garden, I now laugh and marvel that it was an excellent lesson regarding what ones garden truly needs… LAISSEZ-FAIRE. I have produced my backgarden, with a budget that, averaged out over the last nine years, would amount to about $50per year. I should add at this point that I have received bulbs and plants as gifts.. But for the most part I’ve accomplished this on a shoestring. I buy seeds.
PLANT LIST – These plants I have added from seed, and bought at nursuries. (Some of the tulips were gifts)
Perennials: Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra), Violas, Vinca minor, Cinnamomea (fern), Cranesbill (geranium),parrot tulips, Echinacea (purple & white), Angelique tulips, Hosta (3 varieties), Bergenia, Ligularia, Ajuga, Heracleum (Hog Weed), Gaillardia, Lavender, Astilbe, Asiatic Lilies, Echinops ritro, Liatris, Dahlias, Delphinium, Campion, Spearmint and Peppermint,Chives, Explorer rose, Daylily, Artemesia (3 varieties), Monarda, Oregano, Narcissus, Daffodils, Globe Cedar, Raspberry, Aegopodium podagraria, Virginia Creeper, Thyme (French and Lemon), Sage, Dwarf Rose, Wild Strawberry, Heuchera (3 var.) Aquilegia, Korean Bell Flower, Lobelia, Salvia, Blue Flag, Honeysuckle, Arrowwood Viburnum, Elaeagnus augustifolia, siberian cypress, Burning bush, Irish moss, Lamb’s Ears, Sedum, Foxglove, Lemon Balm,Rhododendron, Clematis, Lupins, Concord Grape Vine, Peonies, Yarrow, I know I’ve forgotten some.
ANNUALS: Cana (dwarf), Calla lily, Dahlias, Acidanthera, Cleome, Poppies, Petunias, Crocosmia (Scarlet)(Montbretia?) Zinnias, Flax, Ageratum, Alyssum, Egyptian Onions. Parsley, Heavenly Blue MorningGlories, Leaf Lettuce (Fish Food), Sweetpeas, Basil, Sunflowers. I’m too old for this…
- 28 Feb, 2008
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