Boulder lives up to its name, with nearly every local house and institution employing rocks, gravel and boulders in their gardens. Rocks are beautiful, permanent and abundant natural resources. Stones do not require water, and can look very elegant. Xeriscape is a trademark of the nearby Denver Water Department, and means gardening with the minimum of water-usage.
©M-J de Mesterton May 11th, 2011
|Create a well within the mulch, keeping mulch away from the trunk.|
To conserve water and protect this fruit tree’s roots from drying heat as well as cold mountain weather, a classic Japanese gardening component, namely large gravel, was employed outside the initial wood-mulched ring that sits twelve inches from its trunk. Not only does gravel look gorgeous during the changing light of day and evening, but it inhibits the growth of competing plants–weeds and “volunteers” that steal precious water to survive. Gravel endures more than grass in dry climates, keeps dusty soil from blowing about, and always looks right.
©M-J de Mesterton
If the power goes out, or disappears altogether (with the ridiculous restrictions on energy-production in the U.S., you never know what may happen), there is an alternative to the food-processor and blender: the hand-operated foodmill. Lehman’s, a company of which I am fond and have featured here at Elegant Survival several times, has an affordable, efficient one.
Burpee’s Money Garden Seed Kit includes bell peppers, beefsteak tomatoes, sugar snap peas, green beans, carrots and elegant Bibb lettuce. If purchased separately, the six envelopes of seeds would cost $20.
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Includes packets of:
Bush Snap Bean Heavyweight II (2 oz.)
Stocky plants are only 18″ tall, yet produce huge handfuls of sweet tender pods fully 8″ long. Delicious and productive. 53 days.
Lettuce Burpee Bibb (1000 seeds)
This small heading variety is the sweetest Bibb lettuce you’ll ever taste. Each head makes a delicious salad. Slow to bolt and disease resistant. 75 days.
Bell Pepper Home Run (30 seeds)
More uniquely flavored than any bell we’ve grown. Green, it’s sweet and mild. Fully ripe, it has a fruity taste worth waiting for. Blocky fruits are 3″ across. 60 days (green) 80 days (red).
Carrot Big Top (1500 seeds)
Extremely sweet at all stages of harvest. Grows crispy, thick, deep reddish orange roots up to 8″ long. Our finest quality carrot. 65-80 days.
Garden Pea Super Snappy (300 seeds)
The longest edible-podded pea. 5-6″ long, with 8-10 large, sweet peas per pod. Tolerant of powdery mildew. Ht: 28-32″. 65 days.
Large Round Tomato Steak Sandwich (30 seeds)
Luscious beauties offer old-fashioned taste for sandwiches and salads. Vigorous plants bear dozens of large, meaty 10 oz. fruits. Continues to bear fruit all summer. Indeterminate. 70 days.elegant bibb