Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Parking Strip Transformation


I have spent the better half of this morning freeing posts from draft, where they were left somewhere back in 2009. I debating changing the dates to place them here, but decided to leave them chronological in this free ramble of a garden journal. To link back and catch up, here ya go ;)

Butterflies and Bees 
Herbs
Sambucus
Strawberries and Onions, Blueberries
Willow, Organic Hormone Tea
Cold Frames
Tomatoes
Black Turtle Beans
Crop Rotation
Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and Kohlrabi

Additionally, I have been sorting hundreds of photos locked in their little digital files. The photo above shows the final transformation of the parking strip in front of the Vancouver house from lawn to low maintenance, low water succulents and hearty plants. In the background you can see a nine-bark, the Coppertina variety. It has not only wonderful copper color in the early spring as the new foliage emerges, but lovely white flowers as well.  It was placed to screen the view of oncoming traffic (and neighbors). The golden sedum Angelina is one of my favorite, it is so low maintenance and pops with color. I repeat the plant in the background landscape as well to bring the parking strip into the front landscape.

The helianthemum "St Mary's" blooms white papery flowers and is heat and drought resistant. All of the plants in this photo were propagated from cuttings and filled in within a year.