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Last summer when our BBQ broke, my husband made me this potting table.  For the top he used old floor boards that we had taken from our 1913 home.  I painted the top blue – left over paint from my chair project.  I like the wheels on it. I wheel it around to differant areas of the yard. In addition to using the stand for potting, I use it as an extra serving table when we’re entertaining.  I think it looks pretty with a plant on it.

Potting Table

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Yesterday I sat out on my swing with a cup of tea to enjoy the beautiful fall afternoon. Before I knew it, I was putting mulch around my recently trimmed perennials. Its best to add mulch after the ground freezes or the first frost.   Sometimes I do it when it’s most convenient for me though. This fall I am using shredded dry leaves and cut grass to keep the soil a consistent temperature over the winter and prevent my plants from dying. I usually use compost, but I’ve used all the compost in a new flower bed. To mulch the plants, I applied about a 2” layer of shredded leaves and grass around the base of each plant. I then used my gardening tool and worked it into the soil a little – mostly to prevent it from blowing away.   By spring, the combination will have decomposed and my plants will look great. If theres any mulch left, I’ll simply rake it off. If you like to flower garden and live in a colder climate, you’ll find winter mulching really beneficial. Have a nice day. Linda

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This year for the first time, I am holding off putting plants in the ground, or even pots, until after May 27, 2010 – that’s the full moon. I have lost so many plants over the years that I have decided to wait a little longer. My mother always planted after this time, and she had a pretty good looking garden.  I was so tempted to plant flowers on May long weekend but instead I planted a few seeds in pots. I planted nasturtiums, marigolds, black penny, cilantro, scarlet runner and a few other annual seeds. Nasturtium and marigolds last well into the fall when other annuals have died off – so I always plant a few pots of these and just tuck them away until they are ready to be displayed. I also dug up a few perennials to put in pots.  This is not something that I have done a lot of, but I’ve seen many perennials in pots in gardening magazines so I decided to give it a try. Last year, I put Autumn Joy Sedum in a pot on my front porch and it looked great.  Well that is what I am up to in the gardening world, what about you.  Have a great day, Linda

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