Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Fall in AZ

I have enjoyed reading about agrarian living at Cindy's blog. She says agrarian living is a state of mind and not just the ownership of land and living off that land. It is all things home. Hospitality and fellowship, tea and coffee, flowers, gardens, trees and a simple life. I have a long way to go to live this life but a little walk around our 'city acre' proved I'm on my way ;-) Frankly, I don't desire to live the BIG agrarian life, I know my limits and I know I can't grow certain vegetables and flowers in 110 degree heat. There are things I can enjoy while living in the Southwest; container gardening, beautiful fruit trees, unique aloe vera plants and yes, someday a small rectangle shaped garden. It is living the simple life in this big city suburb that convicts me most. It is difficult not to get caught up in all the craziness, you know, sports, unnecessary shopping, hair, nails etc. In other words...stay home girl! Enjoy the beauty in your home and the outdoors that God has given you, whether that is a little patio or an acre or two full of trees and horses and gardens. Each year I add a rose to a little area of our yard and hope to create a beautiful rose garden complete with a wood bench and an attractive source of shade! Little by little is how I manage best, it is safe and secure that way. Some people would say I like my box a little too much, that's ok with me. My box and I try with all our might to honor and glorify God daily.


Janet said...

Anyone care to tell me how to fix Cindy's link? You can find her here. http://www.dominionfamily.com/

Donna Boucher said...

And a right lovely box it is!

The other day I asked Katie if she wanted to go to a basketball game with the whole gang....
She looked me right in the eye and said, "There's no place like home, right mom.?"

I stayed home with her in the box God has given us :o)

sister sue said...

Janet, your autumn pots resemble my spring pots (in Missouri) I just pulled the dead remains and sent them to the landfill today. Now I have dirt until May.... Oh well. sue

Amy said...


To fix Cindy's link...you need to go into the HTML part on Blogger (the screen tab that has the code, not WYSIWYG) and take out your address.

Anonymous said...

Pest control in the perennial garden
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One of the many advantages of growing perennials is the ability of these beautiful flowers to return to full bloom season after season. While this ability to bloom repeatedly is one of the things that makes perennials so special, it also introduces a number of important factors into your gardening plan. One of the most important of these is a proper pest control regimen.

While a garden full of annuals starts each season as a blank slate, the perennial garden is essentially a work in progress. The fact that the plants stay in the ground through winter makes things like proper pruning, disease management and pest control very important. If the garden bed is not prepared properly after the current growing season, chances are the quality of the blooms will suffer when the next season rolls around.

One of the most important factors to a successful perennial pest control regimen is the attention and vigilance of the gardener. As the gardener, you are in the best position to notice any changes in the garden, such as spots on the leaves, holes in the leaves, or damage to the stems. Any one of these could indicate a problem such as pest infestation or a disease outbreak.

It is important to nip any such problem in the bud, since a disease outbreak or pest infestation can easily spread to take over an entire garden. Fortunately for the gardener, there are a number of effective methods for controlling both common pests and frequently seen plant diseases.

Some of these methods are chemical in nature, such as insecticides and fungicides, while others are more natural, like using beneficial insects to control harmful ones. While both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages, many gardeners prefer to try the natural approach first, both for the health of the garden and the environment.

There is an additional benefit of the natural approach that many gardeners are unaware of. These days, it is very popular to combine a koi pond with a garden, for a soothing, relaxing environment. If you do plan to incorporate some type of fish pond into your garden landscape, it is critical to avoid using any type of insecticide or fungicide near the pond, since it could seep into the water and poison the fish. Fish are extremely sensitive to chemicals in the environment, especially with a closed environment like a pond.

As with any health issue, for people or plants, prevention is the best strategy to disease control and pest control alike. The best defense for the gardener is to grow a garden full of the healthiest, most vigorous plants possible. Whenever possible, varieties of plants bred to be disease or pest resistant should be used. There are a number of perennials that, through selective breeding, are quite resistant to the most common plant diseases, so it is a good idea to seek them out.

Happy gardening,