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It’s that time of year again. I’ve gotten out the seeds to sort and try again to decide what can go where.

We love growing things but our energy level is getting lower as the years go by. We are hoping that soon we’ll get all the gardening in place and can sit back and enjoy it. We have not arrived there yet!

This gardening thing is constantly changing ....

Garden Thoughts


We live in Eastern WV on a mountain at an elevation of about 2800’. The bad part is there is not much level natural ground and a lot is the result of having been dozed many years before we arrived which left a front yard composed of rock and clay. The good part is that the soil is great when ammended with compost. The other good part is having a compost machine. The bad part is feeding the machine and moving the compost-to-be (horse do do). The other bad part is too many oak trees and not enough sun for all the flowers we want. However, we have finally adapted and are sticking with thing that like living here: Iris, daylilies, lilys, violets, foxglove, aquiligia, and other woodland things. Except for 2, we have given up on roses which we love, because the varmints love them too.

We are organic, in that we don’t use chemicals here. Our method is to spend the greater amount of gardening time making the soil in the beds ’right’, then usually doing nothing else but adding a little compost on top. I estimate the health of the soil by the earthworms. More worms = better soil. There has been a lack of ladybugs but I visited some friends who had gobs they were killing in their house and scooped up a lot and gave them a new home.

Most things grow like mad here and if they don’t like it, I don’t keep trying.

I live in: United States

My zone is: zone 6 WV

My favorite forum 1 is Seed Exchange.

My favorite forum 2 is Plant Propagation.

First registered on March 08, 2002 .