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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gardening Challenges and Successes


It seems like the more work I do to improve the soil, the worse the rodents get... Stupid voles are having a population spike in spite of anything the cats can do... and they do plenty...
Looking for prey?

Actually... Mom caught this one...
They took turns questioning the prisoner... before eventually eating the evidence...

Got some taters up... trying to out-wit the voles by planting this patch next to the house in the foundation planting... Where the cats poop... 

Poppies are up...

Magenta spreen (chenopodium giganteum) seedlings... Gotta 'preciate food that self-sows...

Returning verbesina virginica ... Yall remember the frostflowers

Peaking Hellebores
And camellias

Spreading Mountain mint (pycnanthemum spp.)
I'm a real fan of this stuff...  it spreads very well, and is a valuable resource to the native pollinators...
This winter I found that It worked beautifully to clear my lungs when I had that bug that went around... I googled expectorant herbs and then went out and harvested the pitiful offering of leaves... This year... Ima dry some ahead of time...


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1 Comments:

Blogger Karin / Southern Meadows said...

Great shots of your cats and their treasures! We have a significant vole problem too and we have a dog that thinks she is a cat and keeps the population somewhat under control. I have mountain mint too...I'll have to try drying some this season also! Thanks for the tip!

February 26, 2014 at 7:19 PM  

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