Sunday, July 12, 2009

Growing Things and Adding Color

This butterfly is not usually the kind of thing I would buy. It's a little too cutesy for my taste, but when I bought it, I was in the market for something that would catch the sun, sparkle, add color, and lighten the spirit. Somehow. it seems to do all of that. And, in the rain, it glistens.

This is part of my slug-proof garden. By using containers, I'm able to sprinkle slug bait (not poisonous to other critters) around the base of the containers. So far, the slugs have stayed away, although some winged plant-munchers obviously aren't staying away.

This is a Topsy-Turvy tomato grower. The idea of hanging a tomato plant from a roof's edge sounded like a way to avoid slugs - which is always my first consideration in planting anything here in the slug haven of the planet. So far, the slugs have stayed away, and even though the plant doesn't have any blossoms on it yet, I'm still holding out hope that I might get some tomatoes this summer.

We're working on making a pathway of hand-painted flat stones here. It leads to my "debris" pile....which is more like a debris mountain right about now.