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Thursday, March 18, 2010

It's Springtime In Ohio!

The sun is shining, the grass is green, tulips and daffodils are bloomin all over! The trees are actually budding. My butterflybush has new green leaves and my chives, mint, lemon balm. and lamb's ear are peeking out from beneath the soil!  Actually during the winter my herb bed stays warm with leaves piled high so sometimes I have mints and things right through January or until we get a hard freezing rain. Don't you clean out the garden you ask? Yes, I rake out the leaves and cut back all the dead growth from the previous year. What about weeds? What about pretreaters?    I don't have weeds....... I garden using natural ground covers, fillers, and mulch......okay now that you're thru laughing......I have lots of butterflies and honeybees. Snails, not slugs when they say beer gets rid of slugs, they aren't kidding, and real ladybugs. Spiders to keep the bad bugs away and yes, gardener snakes, to keep field mice and shrew at bay. Frogs and salamanders take care of other pests.   When it comes to mulch we do use the pretty good stuff from Ohio Mulch. No not from the local discount store or gas see some of that mulch is a lesser grade and can be filled with organic matter that contains bad mold and mushroom spores, depending on what area the mulch was harvested from.... that'll kill your garden and.... allergies...better store up on the medicines. Here in town last year folks bought some mulch, at an amazing price, to use around  play guessed it mushrooms sprouted all over and the people and pets had rashes!  
Is there still snow in your area? I hope your not near the flooding.  Have you started getting your porch or deck ready for spring? Has spring sprung in your yard?  No flowers yet? Have they bloomed in your designs Yet? Here are some of mine..................................................................
Most of these posies are available  incorporated onto my creations. Others will be available soon.
 You can find them here  or here.


~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Isn't it wonderful? I noticed just yesterday that the bases of my roses are greening up..... We hope to have a yard work day this Saturday, going to be nice again. :)

Shirley said...

I don't want to talk about Springtime. Would you believe it is snowing. Isn't that just a peachy way to start the first day of Spring and they say that we have only had round one. John and John both liked you Nascar post. I am glad that it was Friday. I can sleep a little late. I am sharing my computer so I don't get to spend as much time on the computer as I would like, but at least he is out of the other mess.
Take care. Your Missouri Friend

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Melody,

Thanks for the words of wisdom. The flowers are going to be white anemones with black centers (silk) with touches of golden yellow belly balls(?). Her colors are black, gray, silver, mustard yellow and tiffany blue. Yes, she's very fashion forward.