Sunday, June 12, 2011

More perennials.

It was a tough day today. I spread who knows how much mulch from the gargantuan pile of wood chips to the wood racks at the north east side of my property (picture forthcoming). At any rate, time to discuss some more of the lazy gardener's best friends: perennials. These plants are easy! I'm talking so easy a child could do it. Moreover, these plants keep producing year after year with each year generally being better than the one before.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Gardening. Deal with it.

I'm not terribly good at introductions so I'll just get this over with then dive right in. My name's James and I'm a college student who has an unhealthy interest in plants. Read here botany. At any rate, a couple months ago I stumbled across a copy of “The Backyard Homestead” by Carleen Madigan. This book touts a vision of every house being mostly or entirely self-sufficient where its food needs are concerned with a large garden, chickens, and possibly even an ox. While I don't exactly have the ideal soil, lot, or work ethic for this sort of gardening (I've got hard, red clay coming out my ears on a lot that has a definite slope to it not to mention chronic laziness that would put a sloth to shame), I'm going to give it a shot and see what I can do. Although I like gardening, I'm far more interested in the amount of money I can save. Let's face it, buying food that's actually good for you adds up and I'm tired of paying retail for practically everything!

The main purpose for this blog is to not only focus me on this new hobby, but to help out other beginners avoid some of the pitfalls that I have also avoided.... or the ones I fell right into. I'm certain there will be plenty of the latter....

Alright! Requisite introduction complete! Now for something completely different.