Do you dream of the perfect little garden filled with every kind of bloom and
plant imaginable? A cutting garden where you can always enjoys vases of fresh
daisies and roses and peonies?
Yea, me too.
The problem is that I did not inherit my mother’s green thumb. My thumb isn’t
totally non-green…its just more of a very pale mint green color.
But, no worries… I’ve always been taught that when you can’t do… you turn to
someone who can do. That is why I am so happy and thrilled that Kelly from
My Soulful Home has agreed to be my monthly Gardening Contributor. I know
Kelly will be a great asset to The Everyday Home and share all her gardening
knowledge with us. So, please give her a warm welcome….
Hi Everyone, I am Kelly from My Soulful Home. To say I am thrilled to be the new
Gardening Contributor at The Everyday Home is an understatement.
I am elated, ‘over the moon’ and ‘totally jazzed up’ about collaborating with Barb
& meeting YOU! It is a bloggy dream come true.
Speaking of dreams, I am here to help you have the garden of your dreams. Whether that
be one the size of a country meadow or a single container on your patio.
We’ll approach the garden literally & figuratively from the beginning. Starting with the
letter “A” & the topic ~ Amending Your Soil. Each month, I will cover a garden related
topic that starts with the next letter in the alphabet. It would be fun if you made
suggestions for topics to cover. Just give me a shout out here or at my blog and I will
try to work in your ideas.
Let’s get started…
A ~ Amending Your Soil.
Ok, let’s be honest, nobody really likes this part of gardening. (except maybe, me).
Everybody wants to go to the nursery, buy a trunk load of beauties & plant them.
But those plants won’t stay beautiful for long if your soil is poor. My friends, the dirty
truth is ~ not all soil is created equal. But if your soil is lacking you can fix (amend) it.
How can you tell if you have soil that is up to snuff? Just look at it & feel it. The soil should
be a combination of: clay (to retain water); sand (to drain water) and organic materials
(nutrients). The dirt should appear a rich brown color & clump up just a bit in your
palm. No matter what the condition of your soil – every garden will benefit from amending
with compost. Ok, come a little closer now, I want to share with you my three secret
Closer now,…”banana peels, egg shells & coffee grinds”.
Cut up the peel, rinse & crush the shells and scoop together the grinds. Work all three into
the soil under & around your plants. Toss the secret trio into a container before you mix
in the planting soil. Each will act as a slow release fertilizer, pest deterrent & soil
The banana peel adds phosphorus & potassium to the soil. Both are essential for a
healthy plant. Potassium being responsible for the formation of new flower buds.
The egg shells add valuable nutrients such as calcium. Tis the season for tomatoes and
they need a lot of calcium for growth & to prevent blossom end rot. That sounds nasty,
right? Also, sprinkle shells around your plants to guard against snails & slugs.
The coffee grinds provide nitrogen & tannic acids to the soil. Acid loving plants such
as azaleas, blueberries, butterfly weed, camellias, ferns, gardenias, lupines &
rhododendrons especially love coffee grinds.
I swear by these amendments and you will too. Give them a try!
Hope you enjoyed this first installment of “Your Garden A ~ Z”. I will be back next
month with another post for you. In the meantime, come on over & visit me at
up on Facebook. A big thank you to you for reading along and to Barb for having me!
Have a wonderful weekend!
** Kelly **
Thanks Kelly! That was awesome! Egg shells and coffee grinds?
Who knew? Now we do!
I can’t wait to see what the Letter “B” brings.
Did everyone have a wonderful and safe July 4th celebration? I know the rain
washed away some of your plans… but hopefully you’ll have a sunny and beautiful
weekend to make up for it. Speaking of gardening, that’s where you’ll find me.
I have a date with some weeds.
See you on Monday, my friends!
***(ps – I realize some of these posts as still a little wonky – please be patient
with me as I get used to this new blogging program
I am using. )
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