Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year 2012!  I will start this years posts with the new January calendar.   Click here to download: http://gardenlifedesigns.com/wallpaper__right_click.htm

Happy Holidays and remember to “bee” positive!

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Diatomaceous Earth

I know I talk a lot about organic gardening. Here is a great discussion on Diatomaceous Earth (DE). DE is a great organic alternative to pesticide for many garden pests. If you have dogs, spread this in the yard instead of using strong pesticides directly on your pets for flea control.

Happy gardening and remember to “bee” positive!

Diatomaceous Earth is a natural, organic garden pest control, it is a powder made of 100-percent organic ground fossils of diatoms that came from fresh water


Diatomaceous Earth kills by physical action- not chemical. While it seems like a harmless powder to us, it is actually quite sharp and hazardous to insects. It must come in contact with the pest to be effective. It will scratch and puncture the exoskeleton of soft-bodied insects, thereby causing them to dehydrate and die.

I dust it on the plants to reduce numbers of whiteflies and aphids, I first spray the plant with organic insecticidal soap, then I dust the powder on the wet plant and it sticks for days.

I didn’t really know I had an aphid problem until I noticed the drying and yellowing of my out of season watermelon plant that was doing pretty well until its infestation, and one of the corn plants. I…

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Tree Dump

It is still too wet and rainy to do much out in the garden but after a 3 day drenching and weather in the 40’s, our mulberry tree has dumped 90% of its leaves all at once.  It’s as bad as our Australian Shepherd when he “blows his coat” in the spring.  These aren’t beautiful orange and amber fall leaves.  No. These are still pretty much green as if this tree waits until the last second and realizing it’s time, just lets go of all its leaves.  No pre-planning.   Not a very nice virtue in a tree.  So I guess my next gardening project will be as a tree-janitor.  The dogs love it though.  Tons of new toys all at once.  They are acting like puppies again.  That is a very nice virtue in dogs!

I didn’t take any pictures as it was an impromptu playtime but I have some much less muddy pics I found on the internet.  This is what it felt like even if in reality there was much less autumnal leaf color and a lot more mud!

Happy gardening and remember to “bee” positive!

Drought? in North Texas

Yet another day of rain.  It seems hard to believe that we are in the middle of an extreme drought and under stage 3 water restrictions.  Lake Lavon, a major source of water for the North Texas Municipal Water District, is only 47% full.  It will take 18-21 inches to refill.  Well, we’ve at least put a good dent in it these last three days.  As I look out the window and see the water overflowing from my fountain (operation of ornamental fountains is prohibited except to support aquatic life – I still have a few back-of-the-class tadpoles developing) and water standing everywhere I try not to get restless to be gardening.  Here are a few drought pics as a reminder.

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Soggy gardening and remember to “bee” positive!

Supporting the Audubon Society

It has poured down the rain for two days here.  I can’t complain.  We really needed the water to refill our lakes around here.  Can’t do much gardening though.  I wouldn’t even think about stepping out on the soil.  All I would get for my trouble is muddy shoes and compacted dirt in my beds.  So I have been working in the studio creating new and interesting works of art.  I am especially proud of these two as they support the Audubon Society.  For every purchase of these hand painted mugs, a $3 donation will be made to the Audubon Society.  Here is the link:

Cardinal Mug – http://www.etsy.com/listing/87574447/support-the-audubon-society-cardinal

Winter Birds Mug – http://www.etsy.com/listing/87574556/support-the-audubon-society-winter-birds

Thanks for looking and remember to “bee” positive!