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June 2012

On back stock, ready to install tomorrow!

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 27, 2012

On back stock, ready to install tomorrow!
On back stock, ready to install tomorrow!

Tips n Tricks: Vertical Gardening and Pests

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 25, 2012

After seeing our instagram post on vertical gardening, Bill T. of Florida had this comment:
....hanging and growing tomatoes upside down...this did not work very well for us here.
 The soil in florida only holds a plant upright until the squirrels, raccoons, or other critters eat them, or the weeds that grow 3 ft a day crowd them out.  We tried everything.
Our response to help in the situation:The raccoons and squirrels are always a problem! Although, annoying as it may be, they are just looking for food as well! Vertical gardening now has so may wonderful options these days! The 'upside down' tomato planters were just a start! Vertical gardening has become extremely popular in areas where the horizontal space has become limited; condos, apartments, courtyards, etc. More and more so as humans began building up, verses out! (Like NYC :) )When using a 'upside down' planter to grow veggies such as tomatoes, you want to make sure you are using an organic potting soil mix. These mixtures contain plenty of organic nutrients in order for the plants to thrive in un-ordinary conditions (containers verses in the ground). These un ordinary conditions gives the plant limited resources. That's why we want to make sure we supply a potting mix that is rich in organic material. It is also important to make sure to give the plant materials for drainage and to air its root system; perlite, expanded shale, even small amounts of decomposed granite.Native Edge Landscape is located in Austin, TX , so our growing conditions are very similar to yours in Florida. Same with the critters! There are plenty of options available to use to protect tender plant material such as the veggies and herbs at your local garden centers. Here we like to use a light netting, this tends to be plenty to keep the little paws off our veggies, while still allowing sun light to the plant.Other great organic alternatives to keep the critters off of your plants in general is the use of cajan pepper, old CDs strung in near by trees for the birds, some have said cinnamon sticks placed near the veggie gardens help keep the paws off! But remember, these pest are still beneficial! So, if we want to keep them off one plant, plant another for them to survive on! They might be pests now, but what happens when they are gone? Birds love trees with dense branching, squirrels and raccoons tend to love trees with berries and nuts, and shrubs to hide in. Mixing these types of plantings into the landscape can also distract them from our produce!To get back to the vertical gardening you will notice with some Google research that fishing line plays a huge role in keeping soil retention and plant material secure until they have established root systems to hold their own. Another 'green' role that vertical gardening and green roofs play here in the central Texas area, is that it keeps the sun's heat off of our homes. The moist soils, and plant material help absorb the heat!After the long ramble, again I want to thank you for your interest in the gardening world! Oh! And for another good article on Vertical Gardening, check out this one! (via  Jenny Peterson)

Very cool! Vertical gardening: gardening on a wall or a vertical surface

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 23, 2012

Very cool! Vertical gardening: gardening on a wall or a vertical surface
Very cool! Vertical gardening: gardening on a wall or a vertical surface

Beautiful, spectacular bloom! Only took almost 2 1/2 months to finally get there! Specimen bloom spike!

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 22, 2012

Beautiful, spectacular bloom! Only took almost 2 1/2 months to finally get there! Specimen bloom spike!
Beautiful, spectacular bloom! Only took almost 2 1/2 months to finally get there! Specimen bloom spike!

It's a beautiful thing.

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 20, 2012

It's a beautiful thing.
It's a beautiful thing.

In the process of shedding for the summer! How cool!

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 19, 2012

In the process of shedding for the summer! How cool!
In the process of shedding for the summer! How cool!

A Complete Transformation – North West Hills, Austin, Tx

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 16, 2012

  The idea of removing a large part of hassle-filled St. Augustine turf to create a beautiful xeriscape garden is our personal favorite! This great couple was having a lot of difficultly struggling with the St. Augustine turf year after year - when they called and leaned more about xeriscaping; they knew this was exactly what they needed! This section of their lawn got plenty of sun - too much for the St. Aug - But the right amount for some beautiful low-maintenance perennials! The plant selection here is simple, colorful, and we were even able to merge some great plant material for the Austin wildlife! Read More »A Complete Transformation – North West Hills, Austin, Tx

Purple Fountain Grass

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 14, 2012


Purple Fountain Grass

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 14, 2012

Purple Fountain Grass
Purple Fountain Grass

Landscape yard clean-up day!

by Rodney Stoutenger / June 13, 2012

Landscape yard clean-up day!
Landscape yard clean-up day!