Monthly Archives: May 2014

Garden Walks, Garden Talk

Hope you all are having a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend! If you are looking for things to do in the St. Louis area, check out the St. Louis Post Dispatch Summer Fun Guide…featuring…

Spy Sister! On the cover!

Spy Sister! On the cover!

Check out the bottom row of photos, third picture from the left…It’s Spy Sister (Aunt Spy!) at the Missouri Botanical Garden (photo taken by yours truly)! Pretty cool! Back in our own garden…

Pest control has begun

Pest control has begun

Pre-squished Colorado potato beetle

Pre-squished Colorado potato beetle.

We don’t use any pesticides and rely on lots of herbs and garlic to naturally repel pests. And lots of squishing and squashing! We have disposable vinyl gloves on hand (pun intended) for that job!

Pest-Free Garlic

Pest-Free Garlic

If I were a commercial farmer, I think I would chose to grow garlic: it is so hardy! Herbs would be a close second, along with certain greens…

Arugula (Or Ahr-wiggala as Baby calls it)

Arugula (Or Ahr-wiggala as Baby calls it)

We have lots of super spicy arugula volunteers throughout the garden. The other greens and lettuces growing don’t seem to be bothered by any pests…

Baby loves eating the red romaine straight from the garden!

Baby loves eating the red romaine straight from the garden! (Manicure by Aunt Spy)

I enjoyed a visit to my neighbor’s garden and we talked pest-control…

She is having a similar problem with those little black flea beetles chewing up her eggplants.

She is having a similar problem with those little black flea beetles chewing up her eggplants.

She has lots of marigolds planted among her crops to deter plants.

My neighbor's trellises

My neighbor’s trellises

Her trellises were inspired by the obelisk we made last year! Trellising vining plants (like cucumbers) can also help with pests.

Her asparagus foliage isn't covered with stinky beetle larvae like ours was.

Her asparagus foliage isn’t covered with stinky beetle larvae like ours was.

My neighbor's potatoes.

My neighbor’s potatoes.

When it is time to harvest, she will just dump out the trashcans and hopefully they will be full of potatoes. It is her first time trying this. Ours are planted in our raised beds, but I think I will try this method next year. Maybe Smoochie can build some potato boxes! My neighbor and I finished up our lengthy garden chat with a little trade. I gave her a big bunch of crunchy butter lettuce and she gave me an…

Elephant Ear Bulb

Elephant Ear Bulb

Pest control would probably be lowest on my list of favorite gardening chores. I love weeding and digging, but watering just isn’t my favorite either. However…

Baby...

Baby…

...definitely makes it more fun!

…definitely makes it more fun!

First Knockout Rose Bloom!

First Knockout Rose Bloom!

Dexie demonstrates...

Dexie demonstrates…

bliss in the garden!

bliss in the garden!

Agree, Dexie, garden walks (and talks) are the best!

Gardening Night at Busch Stadium

The Cards have various theme nights throughout the season; so OF COURSE, we had to go to Gardening Night (sponsored by the Missouri Botanical Garden). We arrived early to check out the new Ballpark Village…

Walking up to Ballpark Village

Walking up to Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village

Ballpark Village

Inside Ballpark Village

Inside Ballpark Village

You can see the stadium from most every angle of Ballpark Village!

You can see the stadium from most every angle of Ballpark Village!

Ballpark Village (seen from inside the ballpark); it's like an extension of the stadium!

Ballpark Village (seen from inside the ballpark); it’s like an extension of the stadium!

Outside the baseball museum in Ballpark Village

Outside the baseball museum in Ballpark Village

Grabbing a bite to eat at Ballpark Village before the game (with a great view of the stadium!)

Grabbing a bite to eat at Ballpark Village before the game (with a great view of the stadium!)

Views around the ballpark

Views around the ballpark

Once inside the ballpark we immediately went to claim our…

Garden Gnomes!

Garden Gnomes!

View from our seats

View from our seats

Pre-game (can you spy the gnome?)

Pre-game (can you spy the gnome?)

There he is!

There he is!

Gnome Run!

Gnome Run!

Matt Holiday

Matt Holiday

Beautiful Night for Baseball

Beautiful Night for Baseball

Cards Fans

Cards Fans

Go Cards!

Go Cards!

Of course, I had to find something that belongs in a garden! This was a HUGE beetle!

Of course, I had to find something that belongs in a garden! This was a HUGE beetle!

But most importantly…

They won!

They won!

Building, Painting, Sculpting, Gardening

Spy Garden got some major upgrades this past weekend! We (and by “we” I mean, my husband) built these:

Garden Couch

Garden Couch

Garden Chair

Garden Chair

The Spy and I painted them.

Garden Living Room

Garden Living Room

They are very huge pieces of furniture. The Spy and I can both fit in the chair and the couch easily seats four. Huge, heavy garden furniture is a good thing in Missouri, where flimsy chairs and tables can easily be blown away by blustery winds!

Decomissioned Teepee

Decomissioned Teepee

The teepee served us well, but it never looked quite right and a couple of the pieces had started to rot.

What do we have here?

What do we have here?

A minimalist sculpture installation?

That’s a very good guess, but no: those are the poles for the new and improved teepee, coming soon!

Loads of tender crunchy lettuce: yum!

Loads of tender crunchy lettuce: yum!

Lots of nasturtiums in this corner of the garden.

Lots of nasturtiums in this corner of the garden.

I like the tattered look of this dianthus bloom, with three fresh buds poking out right behind it.

I like the tattered look of this dianthus bloom, with three fresh buds poking out right behind it.

By the Spy (like Kandinsky, but better)

By the Spy (like Kandinsky, but better)

Franken-Animal by the Spy

Franken-Animal by the Spy

And Frankenthaler (channeled by Baby)

And Frankenthaler (channeled by Baby)