Category Archives: Gardening


This is our yard. We either have patches full of weeds, vast wastelands of dirt and acorns or sporadic clumps of grass whose roots don’t even go completely into the soil. Currently the soil situation is hard red clay. I could throw pottery with some of the clay it is so heavy and thick. I think our only solution is going to be a massive truck load (or 5) of top soil at some point.  Either that or I can start a moss garden accented with wild onions because that is the only thing that is going to grow without any help from me.

Wild Onions and Clover (aka not grass)

Flood plain (aka mosquito paradise)

Pathetic showing of native grass (aka not even worth acknowledging)


Stuff I Haven’t Killed (yet)

All my starts died a horrible drowning death. I don’t want to talk about it. Someday i will get the hang of getting starts….started.

Bought(en) pepper plant starts, so sue me.

However, the stuff that I planted directly in the ground is doing really well for how shady our yard is. I am particularly proud of getting begonias to sprout in window boxes. I really like how their leaves have so much color even before the flowers bloom.

Take joy in the small victories

I planted pumpkin seeds along our fence row thinking that they wouldn’t even come up, but they are actually looking like the strongest out of everything I have planted.

I will have jack o'lanterns this year

Onions and garlic are doing well even though our soil is heavy clay. I was worried that the bulbs might rot in the ground before they had a chance to sprout.

One less thing I will have to buy at the grocery store.

The strawberries in the hanging planters are my favorite. Those were the only sad little things growing in our yard when we got here. They didn’t produce any fruit last year. So this year I dug them up and put them in hanging baskets and they are thriving. I don’t even care if the birds get to the fruit before I do. I am just happy to see something growing so well.

Thriving strawberries, yay!

Green beans and pole beans are also making a strong showing. Brandon was nice enough to build cages for me so the birds don’t get to them before they have a chance to get established. He is a good husband.

Green beans in the shade

I have also planted daylillies, morning glories, clematis (whose seeds I kept in a container over the winter from the one plant next to our mailbox) who are sprouted but haven’t bloomed yet.

Obligatory Picture of the Cutest Dog in the World

15 Minutes of Rain

This is what 15 minutes of rain did to my backyard. No one is allowed to make fun of us for not being able to grow grass.

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I know, they are blurry, I was trying hurry so I could get all my plants in before they got flooded again.

Now you know part of the reason I have a tendency to end up with dead plants.

Clay Soil + Shade + Perpetually Flooded Backyard = Dead Plants.

Oh and there is more massive rain on the way. We might need a boat by morning.

One of My Favorite Spots

Netherlands Carillon, yay tulips!

Seedling Update

not dead…yet. Don’t worry, there is still time for me to kill them

Green Bean Seedlings