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How does your garden grow?

Right now, it grows just like it did a few weeks ago, minus one partially dead tree and some completely dead cedar bushes. We think the bushes died because they weren’t planted deep enough, but the fungus that did in the tree is still unknown. Then again, I’m still not certain what kind of tree it was.

We ordered a cordless electric lawnmower and received a Husqvarna gas mower instead. Looked like a very fancy mower – likely twice the price of the one we purchased – but I had my heart set on electric. Sears finally brought us our correct mower (eager to get their fancy mower back, I’m sure!) and we charged it up.

At least I think we did. I’m sure it was plugged in, at least.

I was able to mow one single, lonely strip of grass before it shut off on me. The current theory is that we plugged the battery into an outlet that’s controlled by a switch, then promptly flipped the switch on the outlet to off when we went back inside. It was either a discharged battery, or I managed to break our new mower. I’ll test this out again after the 100 degree heat has gone away. This being the South, our lawn might not get mowed until September if I wait until it drops past 95.

Yards of Tomorrow!

(If there was an exhibit at Epcot about organic lawn and garden care, I’d spend all day there.)

We have so many plans for the yard at Oz (no angry apple trees or poppy fields, yet). Our top three are:

  • Attract butterflies to have aerial battles with the dragonflies
  • Things that smell beautiful (lavender, especially – is it as good of a shrubbery as I suspect?)
  • Roses. We’ve even discussed running a trellis around the back windows as a replacement for the other set of dying cedar shrubs
I’m working on getting a good method of taking pictures to post, as I’d like to document some of our work.

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