I've just had it with battling the tree roots. Our little front yard is surrounded by large, shallow rooted trees. These roots make a beeline for my planting beds, since they are the only area around that get fed and watered regularly. It's adds a lot of resistance to enjoying the process and the garden.
Meanwhile, the flowers in the large containers on the new deck are so happy! No slugs, no squirrels, and NO TREE ROOTS!
So my new scheme is to sink planting pots into the ground. It was some work to install it, and produced a big pile of excess dirt. If you're trying to get rid of dirt, how do you do it?
So far, it's been working very well indeed. It didn't take very long to populate the new pots, and it's very easy to make changes,. and a lot easier on the back. When I want to change anything, I can just pull one pot out, and pop in another.
Nancy Freeman is a native of California who lives now in Washington, DC. A lifelong artist, she paints portraits and other commissions for a living, which keeps her traditional skills tuned and supports her decades-old obsession with computer art, and pastel painting.
She is currently using her 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th computers, but remembers when Dick Tracy had to make do with a two-way wrist radio.