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Adding and Certifying Pollinator, Wildlife, Butterfly Gardens



Have you heard about the Million Pollinator Gardens initiative? I just added mine to their map yesterday. If you have a pollinator garden of any size, won’t you consider adding your’s to this great cause?


I have been working on three pollinator flower bed areas for a couple of years. Being sure to include water sources. I use flowering vines such as Passiflora, native shrubs, fruit (blueberry, kumquat, pomegranite, raspberry, blackberry, and hopefully soon fruit from grape and muscadine), herbs, and annuals and perennials (native and non-native). Some plants work, some struggle and some do not survive. But it is all fun and for a great cause.


I recently re-hung a bat house the squirrels had worked over in a terrible way. A bee “hotel” is my newest addition.


The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service has some good pollinator garden/habitat information. Remember, you are providing food, shelter and water. The type needed will change depending on the life stage of the particular organism you are hoping to attract.

Other ways you can make your friendly garden official is to certify it through programs such as the National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat (they have a $10 off bonus during Pollinator Week, just check out their website for details and the code) and North American Butterfly Association’s Certified Butterfly Garden programs. I have done both of these. The signage you are able to purchase once you have a paid certification is attractive and educational and looks swell placed into your landscape/garden.


Yours in Gardening,

The Garden Maiden


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Snapshots of Spring

Yesterday while working outside, we had a brief, lovely and much needed light shower of rain. It only lasted a few minutes, but I tool the opportunity to snap a few backyard shots while I waited.

This post is mostly for friends and family who are wondering how things are growing on for us in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

This concrete block bed has produced some tasty radishes this spring. Between the bed and the shed (were I am standing out of the rain), are three clumps of lemon grass. Yesterday I planted parsley, marigold, sage and yellow crookneck summer squash around the bed perimeter.  Intra-planted with the radishes are several volunteer tomato plants. I use last year’s pruned crape myrtle branches to support the vines.


The bed above was amended with Happy Frog potting soil, but needs more in the block holes. Some of the block holes are planted with Swiss chard (seen here) and the bed itself is planted with two varieties of leaf lettuce.  Look how nicely the copyright shows up at the top of the image. Why? Because my white fence is filthy with mildew and needs a good scrubbing! (add to to-do list)

One smokey fennel survived last year, planted from seed. Growing in a concrete block hole, I think its roots finally made it to the soil in the ground beneath the bed because it has really taken off this spring. In case it has been too long since I mentioned it, the original soil added to all of my raised beds was total CRAP. That was several years ago and I have been playing catch up trying to fix the soil since.


Other plants which have done well in the holes of concrete blocks are lemon balm and oregano (featured here above).


Yeah, I know, the carrots need thinned. To be honest, I did thin and transplant them once. I am the worst at thinning. I hate to do it. I hate to “waste” plants. I try to transplant when possible. Then, of course, the squirrels have dug them up several times. Grrrrr.


In the rear of this bed (above) the confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is flowering profusely, perfuming the entire garden area. Pine straw mulch really made this area pop. I worked hours pulling up dewberry vines.


I love this big old fountain, even without a “fountain function”, it works great as a fish bowl and bird bath. The gold fish eat the mosquito larvae.


Gator don’t sweat! Sure doesn’t, because its made of resin, but he sure looks fine guarding the garden. (note to self, prune old palm fronds)


The garden sweet peas are just coming on with the first harvested pea going to one of the wiener dogs a couple of days ago.


Last year the hubby bought me a real bottle tree to replace the decrepit, rotting one I made out of  our old Christmas tree.  (free worked for about a year, but then the branches bent and rotted and the bottles fell off and filled with rain water and mud and it became a gross mess) These begonias are great and came back from last year. The rose bush blooms nearly year-round, taking off only about six weeks, give or take. The tiny garden fairy was given to me by my dear Grandmother.


Look sister, we still have the patio fire pit! It was going strong all weekend as burned some old logs we had saved for a future gathering. Why? Because on Wednesday the Terminix man said, “they gotta go”. Basically that is what he said. ha. Can you smell the pine wafting through the garden?

Overall, these images are darker and greener than normal because it was cloudy and raining lightly during my little snap session with the cell phone (a very poor camera, but it is what it is).

That’s it for now. I have writing to do that actually PAYS and I have just a wee bit of “good light” left to take photos of the sweet and spicy smelling Calycanthus floridus (Florida sweetshrub/Carolina allspice) flowering discretely out back.


The Garden Maiden


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My 2014 Garden Seed List, oh my!

My 2014 seed list

My 2014 seed list

Seeds, seeds, everywhere! I have no idea where I will put them all as my eyes were bigger than my garden area. However, here is my 2014 seed list. I have a responsibility to get the seed growing! Waste not, want not. I plan to give some plants to friends and family to share the love. I know that being able to look at a seed catalog and actually purchase the seeds you want is a big deal! I realize there are thousands of people (if not more) who only dream of purchasing the seeds they want for a garden.  How many seed catalogs did I mark-up and dog-ear as a child with all the things I wanted to grow? I have no idea, but I know it was  lot. I hope to save some seed from my harvest to lower my seed bill for 2015. My list below represents about 90% of my seed, maybe 95% and all of the seed below was purchased through Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. in Mansfield, MO. a couple of hours from my birthplace. I have been using them for years and have always found great customer service. They are not just a seed company; the Gettles are a true gem in the plant world.

Name Price QTY Total
Blue Lake Bush 274 Bean
Item No: BN119
$2.50 1 $2.50
Purple Podded Pole Bean
Item No: BN114
$2.75 1 $2.75
Aoyu Edamame
Item No: SY106
$4.00 1 $4.00
Chinese Red Noodle Bean
Item No: LG109
$2.50 1 $2.50
Amarillo Carrot
Item No: CR114
$3.00 1 $3.00
Danvers 126 Half Long Carrot
Item No: CR102
$2.50 1 $2.50
Ozark Razorback Cowpea
Item No: CW148
$2.50 1 $2.50

Piggott Family Heirloom Cowpea
Item No: CW153
$2.50 1 $2.50
Boston Pickling Cucumber
Item No: CU105
$1.75 1 $1.75
Delikatesse Cucumber
Item No: CU109
$2.00 1 $2.00
Lao Purple Stripe Eggplant
Item No: EG143
$2.50 1 $2.50
Louisiana Long Green Eggplant
Item No: EG115
$2.00 1 $2.00
Banana Passion Fruit –
Item No: GR127
$4.00 1 $4.00
Big Apple Gourd
Item No: GD115
$3.00 1 $3.00
Collards – Georgia Southern Creole
Item No: OG109
$2.00 1 $2.00
Flashy Butter Oak Lettuce
Item No: LT157
$3.00 1 $3.00
Tennis Ball Lettuce
Item No: LT164
$2.50 1 $2.50
Honey Rock Melon
Item No: AML105
$1.75 1 $1.75
Missouri Gold Melon
Item No: AML150
$3.00 1 $3.00
Cassabanana $4.00 1 $4.00
Item No: MC101
Jing Orange Okra
Item No: OK126
$2.50 1 $2.50
Stelley Okra
Item No: OK134
$2.50 1 $2.50
Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Pepper
Item No: HPP171
$3.00 1 $3.00
Pasilla Bajio Pepper
Item No: HPP105
$1.75 1 $1.75
Scotch Bonnet Yellow Pepper
Item No: HPP161
$2.50 1 $2.50
Tabasco Pepper
Item No: HPP106
$2.50 1 $2.50
Purple Jalapeno
Item No: HPP118
$2.50 1 $2.50
Ozark Giant Pepper
Item No: PP154
$2.50 1 $2.50
Purple Plum Radish
Item No: RD122
$2.50 1 $2.50
Giant of Sicily Radish
Item No: RD118
$2.00 1 $2.00
Amsterdam Prickly Seeded Spinach
Item No: SP108
$2.50 1 $2.50
Rugosa Friulana
Item No: SSQ137
$3.00 1 $3.00
Yellow Scallop Squash
Item No: SSQ108
$2.50 1 $2.50
Item No: SSQ118
$2.50 1 $2.50
Alligator Squash
Item No: SQ280
$3.00 1 $3.00
Americana Tonda Squash
Item No: SQ144
$2.00 1 $2.00
Chihuahua Landrace Squash
Item No: SQ211
$3.00 1 $3.00
Long Island Cheese Pumpkin
Item No: SQ128
$2.25 1 $2.25
Shishigatani or Toonas Makino
Item No: SQ105
$4.00 1 $4.00
Yokohama Squash
Item No: SQ108
$2.75 1 $2.75
Rio Grande Verde Tomatillo
Item No: TL104
$2.25 1 $2.25
Orange Icicle Tomato
Item No: TO124
$2.50 1 $2.50
Arkansas Traveler Tomato
Item No: TK108
$2.50 1 $2.50
Cherokee Purple Tomato $2.50 1 $2.50
Item No: TP101
Chocolate Pear Tomato
Item No: TP155
$2.50 1 $2.50
Purple Bumble Bee Tomato
Item No: TS149
$2.75 1 $2.75
Ali Baba Watermelon
Item No: WM152
$2.50 1 $2.50
Basil – Corsican
Item No: HB206
$2.50 1 $2.50
Basil – Lemon
Item No: HB107
$2.00 1 $2.00
Basil – Lime
Item No: HB103
$2.50 1 $2.50
Cilantro, Slo-Bolt
Item No: HB143
$2.50 1 $2.50
Dill Bouquet
Item No: HB126
$2.50 1 $2.50
Item No: HB112
$2.25 1 $2.25
Lemon Balm
Item No: HB117
$2.50 1 $2.50
Item No: HB162
$3.00 1 $3.00
Oregano, Wild Zaatar
Item No: HB174
$2.50 1 $2.50

All images and text copyright 2014 The Garden Maiden

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