Fall Is Here

We are once again in Fall season as the leaves change color, the skies are azure blue, the fall mums are blooming and we await the final days of color that will turn to bare trees and snowy ground.  Fall is a favorite time of year to photograph the forests in the Shenandoah Valley and in the Promise Gardens before winter.  We are off again to capture them all.

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Enjoy the season as the Promise Gardens prepare for bedding down for winter soon. We will miss their blooms but anticipate them again in Spring!

Veggie Cart for Two

Good Morning Gardeners!  It’s a beautiful morning here in the Promise Gardens and perfect for tending and watching plants grow.  The birds are chirping, bees buzzing, sun shining, water rippling, puffy clouds and gorgeous color everywhere.  The rains have been magnificent providing growth of the grapevines, strawberries, herbs, veggies and more!  A delight indeed!

Promise Gardens

Isn’t this cute?  It is my newest planter.  We have two of these carts* which are fabulous for gardening.  I decided to use one for my kitchen garden this year filling it with squash and cucumber plants.  The choice was either a deck raised bed or the large containers and I opted to use this cart for a fun punch of color and funky look.  The neat thing is the sides of the cart come down so I have the option to open them and allow the plants travel if needed.  The beauty of the cart is you don’t have to deal with wire, plastic netting and the like to keep the critters out.  Since we are planting veggies for two, it’s perfect.  The how-to is below.

VEGGIE CART

1.  Layer with landscape cloth, punch random holes for extra drainage.
2. Attach landscape cloth with plastic ties that lock.
3.  Attach arbor, flat tomato cage, wire, pallet, etc. for plants to climb.  I used the 3-pane box wire folded into thirds.
4.  Plant each veggie in large pot (or fill cart with soil and plant accordingly).
5.  Watch the veggies grow and oh my yum they are delish!**

This is a very easy way to grow veggies just outside the kitchen door.  Like herbs, you need them close by to use and tend.  This is also an easy garden for those with small and limited space.

Watch the blog for posts with new ideas, plantings, garden décor and more.  Have a happy and creative gardening day!

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* Garden carts are available at Lowes, Home Depot and Tractor Supply.
**  The rain fell for two days and I shot this image with my iPhone after.  I was shocked to see the plants had doubled in size and there are already 3 squash popping out!  Amazing!

Potting Table Love

What would a garden be without a potting table, potting shed or both?  If you are a serious gardener, they are a must-have and if you love them like I do, you will use more than one in your gardens.  Whether they are particularly designed potting tables or old tables you use for potting, they are not only utilitarian but also  a showplace for garden fun and funky items.  I have two potting tables.  Pictured* is my new Cedar one which is for my newly designed porch.  I am designing new painted pots and other goodies for it with lots of spunky color and creative designs that reflect the joy of gardening.  It is always fun to go hunting for gardening treasures, new and old, to make that design just perfect.  I also plan to use this one as a server for outdoor dinners and functions.

In my potting shed, I have a very large custom-made potting table/bench that houses “everything” one could possibly want for gardening and that has been a wonderful tool and a joy to use.  It has made that somewhat dirty work of potting fun to do. 

Watch for our upcoming posts on our finds, treasures and decor for this year’s Promise Gardens design. 
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*Photo Credit: Catalog Image, Homeplace Collection, Suncast-Homeplace Collection