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Hurricane Katrina was the catalyst for our move from Louisiana to Missouri. So, we are starting over with a new home, new gardens, new life. Join us on our journey.

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More work in veggie garden PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Sunday, 10 April 2011 01:05

We have done even more work in the veggie garden.  We added mulch to all of the walk areas, put a fence around the perimeter, and put some of the fabric Smart Pots in place.  Two of the smart pots are currently planted with strawberries, and 3 are planted with potatoes, (2 with white potatoes and one with the purple potatoes).  We also added a second climbing area by putting a cattle panel across the front right bed.  It will be used for the beans.  The back right bed also has a climbing panel and we planted cucumber on that.  We put 2 eggplant plants in the same bed that has the sugar snap peas, kale and turnips. 




The New Hosta/Iris Bed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Sunday, 10 April 2011 01:01



I posted last fall about dividing and moving the crowded hostas from our front border to this new bed.  We also planted 40 Tall Bearded Iris there.  Here is the bed this spring, and it is looking really good.  I can't wait to see all of the iris when they burst into bloom. 

Garden in the making PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Thursday, 24 March 2011 16:16



We have been busy getting the vegetable garden ready.  Yesterday we put in micro-irrigation into the raised beds.  Hopefully that will save some water this summer. 




On 3/19/2011 we started preparing the beds by tilling in top soil and sand.  The beds were originally 100% compost.  The addition of the top soil and sand gives them a little more heartier substance.





We planted the onions and potatoes.  For the onions, we planted one group pretty close together to harvest as green onions, and one group more spaced out to leave in the ground longer and harvest as full sized onions. 

For the potatoes we planted two varieties, some red potatoes, and some regular white potatoes.  We also bought some purple potatoes, Purple Majesty,  to plant. They are going to be planted in the "smart pots"











We also planted the turnip and kale seeds yesterday. The kale seeds we planted were Dwarf blue curled, Vate's Strain.  The turnip seeds were planted were Purple Top White Globe. They were planted in 2 rows next to the sugar snap peas.  We had planted "Super Sugar Snap" peas along the wire fence in the middle bed on 3/19/2011.   

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2011 18:18
Spring is coming! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Saturday, 05 March 2011 23:17
Spring is just around the corner.  I can see the new irises and hostas that we planted behind the rose fence peeking up.  We bought some of the green metal fence post to put some type of fence around the veggie garden this year to try and keep the deer out.  They are so destructive.  We also raked out the scattered seed bed and fertilized the roses.  Cleaned out the asparagus bed, it should be coming up soon.  We bought 4 pretty Azaleas to put in the driveway bed.  I hope they do better than the other azalea and rhododendrons we put out there. 
Divide and Conquer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Saturday, 25 September 2010 22:21

We spent the day today digging the hostas out of the front border and dividing and moving them into the shaded area behind the first rose fence.  It was hard but rewarding work.  The hostas were so thick, they were really looking ragged.


Got a few of them out of the bed here. 


Theo is digging them out. 

Here is where we are moving them. 

We also planted 40 tall bearded Iris there.  4 each of these varieties - Beautiful Vision, Cajun Rhythm, Chatter, Cordoba, Devonshire Cream, Dynamite, Earthborn, Fogbound, Burst of Joy, Diamond Lake


This is the finish, still needs mulch. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2011 17:47
Finally got a red Crape Myrtle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 21:13

I have wanted one for years, but never really had a space to put it until we moved here.  We found a large one that is just perfect and bought it a couple of weeks ago.  We planted it out front by the big rock Friday.  We had to move the Forsythia and Buddleia out of there to plant it.  I think it is going to look marvelous there, and just look how deep red the blooms are.





Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 21:21
Roses on the Rose Fence are already blooming PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Thursday, 23 July 2009 00:00

I didn't expect them to grow this much the first year, and blooming pretty good already, but I have been giving them quite a bit of alfalfa tea, that stuff really works.


The new Rose Fence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 00:00

We had a distinct line between our front yard and a wooded area on the West side of our property that was just begging for some kind of accent planting.  I decided we should put a split rail fence there and plant climbing roses on it.  Initially I could not decide whether to plant the whole fence in the same kind of rose or several different kinds, but eventually decided to go with the climbing rose Quadra, which was developed in Canada and is very cold hardy. 

The fence was put in first, and then a plum tree was planted to the right of the fence line.  



Then we had to dig the holes for the roses.  There is so much clay and rock on our property so we had to have the holes dug with a backhoe.  You can see the entire gallery of the process here
I am excited to see how this will look next year.  
Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 22:22
Black Lace Elderberry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Monday, 14 May 2007 00:00

Ever since I saw the Black Lace Elderberry on the internet, I have lusted for one.  I found one at a nursery in Lebanon, and snatched it up.  Not totally sure where I am going to plant it yet, but you know how that goes, with 5 acres I am sure I will find a place! 

I want lots of Roses PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Sunday, 15 April 2007 00:00

And this is a start!  In South Louisiana, I couldn't grow roses because our property had so so many trees, that there was no place in our small yard with enough sun to grow roses.  I always wanted them, but could not have them.  Growing up, my mother had lots of roses all around our property, I can remember some of them growing on our back fence getting really big, and my mom would go out and cut big bunches of roses and wrap them up in newspaper and deliver them to the neighbors to have fresh flowers in their house. 

Well, this is my first rose here, a David Austin English Rose called, appropriately, Mary Rose.  It is planted just as you drive in the driveway.  Hope it does well there. 



Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2009 02:07
Pergola arrived Today! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mary Voss   
Thursday, 12 April 2007 00:00

We bought this online from Sam's, as it really is a beautiful Pergola and you cannot tell it is aluminum and not wood.  It is awesome, and it arrived in the box today.  I also have included a photo from Sam's website of what it is supposed to look like.



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