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T-Post Trellis

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I went over board on the vines this year and I ran out of places to grow them. I was really excited to try my hand at the black eyed Susan vine, they just look so happy! I was going to pound a 2*2 into the ground a make a twine teepee but after sticking the post in I just wasn’t into it. After a few searches on pinterest I found a really cool looking twine and twig hanging trellis. There were a few problems with that though, I had no where to hang it and it gets really, really windy here. I can just see my gorgeous black eyed Susan vine finally blooming only to be ripped from the ground by a strong wind.

Give your climbing plants a hand with this budget friendly t-post trellis. T-posts, zip ties and branches come together to make a charming garden accent

I spent way to much time thinking about it while I was mowing the garden and when I was moving last years tomato supports it finally it me. Two t-posts, a sapling murder spree and a bag of zip ties later I was in business. I used poplar saplings because we have a whole grove of them, they produce new trees by suckering so if you have one in a neglected area (like the wood lot to the side of the house) you’ll very soon have more than one. Poplar is a very short lived wood but I hope I can get a year or two from this guy. The wood never touches the ground so that should buy me some time. [Read more…]

Growing a Seed Mix Garden – Selection, Planting and Growing Tips

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Happy Spring everyone! Despite our run in with Stella I’ve got gardening on the brain. This time seed mixes have grabbed my attention. What’s not to love? A location or purpose specific selection of seeds available in a single pack? I’ve tried a few over the years (usually those generic ‘wildflower’ mixes that come in giant tubs at landscape stores) and I’ve never been impressed. Until last year when I picked up a few packets from Botanical Interests. My first successful seed mix garden was with their Bring Home the Butterflies Mix. Seed mixes can cover a lot of ground for a little cash so if you’ve got a chunk of land to sacrifice to the bees this is a  good way to do it. (This post is not sponsored but does contain affiliate links, I’m talking about Botanical Interests because I like them, I bought all my seeds from them with my own money and everything grew beautifully)Grow a beautiful flower garden from a single seed packet. I'm sharing my tips and tricks for selecting the best mix and getting the most out of it [Read more…]