Monday, June 11, 2012

flower beds

It has been a while since I’ve sat down and blogged about the garden. Boy, have Pat and I have been busy in the yard. In the search for truth, justice and the gardening way, Pat resurrected the idea of more flower beds in the front yard. I was all for eliminating more turf grass, so off we went. Six yards of sweet peet, a bunch of newspapers, an old garden hose and a couple of days of sunny weather was all we needed. Pat laid out the design, I placed the newspapers, and Pat followed on with the watering can so the paper wouldn’t fly away and then the sweet peet. We got down to the last yard of sweet peet and realized that we needed just a little bit more sweet peet. So we ordered another three yards. The newspaper and six inches of compressed sweet peet will prevent any thing unwanted from growing through the beds. By next spring we can dig through whats left of the newspaper. We planted annuals and shallow rooted plants for this year.
 What a great use for the old Wall Street Journals.

Rain, sprinkling and mowing will cause the extra newspaper to disappear.


Sunray Gardens said...

Lot of work there but it sure looks great. Like the beds and will be nice watching them mature this year.

Cher Sunray Gardens

Gatsbys Gardens said...

What a great idea! I wish I knew what sweet peat was, peat moss, etc.? I have used newspaper in a lasagna type of gardening and it really works.


The Redneck Rosarian said...

Awesome post. Will be fun to watch this bed as it matures and comes into full bloom! Great work.

Lona said...

Should have known that you were ankle deep in Sweet Peat. LOL! The new beds look wonderful and it sure makes all the beds look great with a new layer. Keep going Jim and you will not have to mow out front. LOL!