Where to start with today’s topic, of deliberately putting woody garden debris to use? It’s way easier than dragging stuff to the street and a lot simpler than composting. And it can be downright artistic.
Let’s kick this new garden year off by getting more of something while giving part of it away.
When I root cuttings of favorite old shrubs, throw wildflower seeds out my truck window, or dig up daylilies and iris and split them into smaller plants, I end up with more than I started with, usually with leftovers to share.
Time to ‘fess up about 2018’s garden foibles and failures. I’ve had ‘em.
Some garden experts opine that it’s best to always be positive. But as much as I’d like to gloss over how gardening isn’t always rosy, I’d rather maintain credibility with folks who know better. So here are some highlights of the low points.
Every fall most gardeners feel little pangs of guilt over how they handle garden debris, knowing full well most can be mowed, mulched or composted and added back to the garden to improve soil and recycle nutrients.