SHADY CHARACTERS

SHADY CHARACTERS             Lots of people, including gardeners, regard trees the same way they regard health food–good for you, but likely to produce undesirable side effects.  And the side effect that some people have the smallest tolerance for is shade.  Before the advent of air conditioning, shade was a desirable thing.  Tall trees kept people, animals and dwellings cool in […]

SHOWHOUSE FLOWERS

SHOWHOUSE FLOWERS             If you ever thumb through the pages of a “shelter magazine” such as House Beautiful or House & Garden, you will see photographs that contain very few human beings and lots of flowers and plants.  This focus on greenery is not restricted to the one or two feature articles that such publications generally devote to gardening.  Growing […]

GREEN UNDERPINNINGS

GREEN UNDERPINNINGS             I always feel badly about removing an established plant.  I am not talking about uprooting something so that it can be moved to another place in the yard or even given away to a friend.  I am referring to the situation where a plant is not going to be salvaged unless someone picks it up off the […]

TROPICAL DREAMS

TROPICAL DREAMS             A slow spring is absolutely painful.  After waiting all winter for the warm soft breezes and pollen-induced sneezes that herald spring in this part of the world, it is awful to have to put up with cold rainy weather.  It seems to dampen the spirits without appreciably diminishing the pollen count.             Still, there are compensations.  The […]

Twining and Vining

Twining and Vining             I started thinking about vines when I found a turn-of-the-last-century photograph of my house, and noticed that a vine used to climb up the pillar to the right of the front door.  The large front porch, so beloved of realtors, was, at the time, almost completely obscured by a curtain of vines.  They must have been […]

The More Things Change

The More Things Change            At this time of year, with the earth frozen, or at least semi-frozen, catalog madness strikes many gardeners with a considerable wallop.  Sometimes when you are in the throes of this particular seasonal disorder, it is helpful to take time out to regain perspective.  I usually do it by walking around my garden and reminding […]

COMPOST FEEDING YOUR PUMPKIN

Additional Pumpkin Pages How To Grow – Records – Clipart – Seeds – Poems – Phantom – Carving – Pumpkin Recipes – FAQ’s – How Big is it? COMPOST FEEDING YOUR PUMPKIN By: George Brooks Although this season isn’t even over yet you should start planning for next year to improve your chances of growing a big one. The following […]

Donation Page

THE GREEN THUMB IS WITH YOU! Why We Find Ourselves Dependent on the Kindness of Strangers Did you know, this domain is maintained by only one person and it’s my interest in gardening that complies me to push on. I use to call it a hobby, but is it is now more of personal goal to make an informative webpage for […]

Garden Plans

Finding the perfect garden is easy with our 17 garden plans. You can even purchase the plants to support some of these garden designs. Garden, Ring-a-Round the Tree This garden is a delight in any shady location, with or without a tree. Fills approximately 100 sq. ft. with color and elegance all summer long. Lets take a look now! Garden, […]

Fence Design Plans

Enclosed fence plans will assist you in selecting the correct fence to build. Buiding a fence isn’t an easy task, but be sure you’ve planned it out correctly. Double sided Double sided Different widths Alternat panel Horitzontal/Vertical Low Profile Hort/Vert Visual Depth Hort Visual Depth Vert Standard 1x8x8 45 Perspective Beveled Open Design Private Patio Fence Private Patio Fence Design […]