Herself's Houston Garden

Conservation through cultivation

Another day, another load of mulch and dirt

We are making progress.  Removing the grass does seem to be a project of diminishing returns.  Each week I think we’ll finish up and each week there is still more to do.  I started mulching the large bed out front this week also.  While I’ve covered the bed, it’s about a skim coat thick, so I have to repeat that again next weekend also.

I ran across a neat article in the NYT last week ‘To Feed the Birds, First Feed the Bugs’. Obvious I know, but I bet you hadn’t thought about it either. The article is about a book a couple wrote about their project to remove none natives and restore native plants to their 10 acre lot. When the native plants were re-established the bugs returned, followed by the birds.  I probably won’t buy the book, but it something I’ll be more aware of going forward.  The article is worth a read.

Another subject receiving lots of press in techie circles lately is the Encyclopedia of Life.  It is a nerdy version of Wikipedia that is focused on just life forms of all sorts.

EOL is an unprecedented global effort and we want you to be a part of it. Natural history museums, botanical gardens, other research institutions, and dedicated individuals are working to create the most complete biodiversity database on the Web, but without your help it cannot be done.

‘Another spring, another batch of tomatoes’. This year I am trying them in pots and will be heavily fertilizing them. We shall see how that works out. I put them in the pots just before we left and they survived under the cover of the large plastic drip pans you purchase for house plants. I removed the covers yesterday. It should be warm enough for them now. They just need nights to be over 50’F.

Much to my dismay the castor plant either committed suicide or was murdered by myself. If you like unusual plants like I do you might want to nab them before DHS reads this article by some paranoid idiot at the ‘Daily Herald’. Before too long we’ll need to be fingerprinted and have licenses just to garden.  This is our punishment for all those child safety devices we used bringing up GenX. They expect the world to remain child proofed for them.

Finally, while I don’t believe global warming is anything other than what happens between ice ages or the end of life as we know it, I am a firm believer in a cleaner world. So here is another reason to create and use compost: Compost can turn agricultural soils into a carbon sink, thus protecting from climate change.

The Extension Office Sale in Conroe is this coming weekend, and Mercer is not long after ( 28/29).  I’m looking forward to both sales as I have lots more space to fill in again this year.