previous
  • Homegrown / Homemade
    Homegrown / Homemade
  • Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
    Seed Starting in Speedling Trays
  • How to Grow Mustard
    How to Grow Mustard
  • Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
    Bold and Beautiful Zinnias
  • Building Better Borders
    Building Better Borders
  • 3 Ways to Design with Containers
    3 Ways to Design with Containers
  • Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
    Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid
  • Pick Plants for Fragrance
    Pick Plants for Fragrance
  • 20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
    20 Gardenworthy Self-Sowers
  • Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
    Indoor Seed Starting Materials List
  • Rex Begonias
    Rex Begonias
  • Plant Finder: Spring Plants
    Plant Finder: Spring Plants
  • 10 Combinations for Shade
    10 Combinations for Shade
  • NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
    NEW Video Series: There's a Better Way
  • DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
    DIY A-Frame Veggie Trellis
  • Using Containers as Elements of a Design
    Using Containers as Elements of a Design
  • Black Plants Done Right
    Black Plants Done Right
  • Go Green on the Patio
    Go Green on the Patio
  • Planting the Right Way
    Planting the Right Way
  • 10 Seed-Starting Tips
    10 Seed-Starting Tips
  • Garden Design Basics
    Garden Design Basics
  • Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
    Get your FREE Everyday Roses download now!
next

I Would If I Could, But I Can't

comments (2) January 30th, 2013 in blogs
KissMyAster Amanda Thomsen, contributor
15 users recommend

Hugelkultur vs. Strudelkultur
take your pick...
Straw bale fright show
OMG. Its practically coming from inside the house....
Hideous, but effective!
Hugelkultur vs. Strudelkultur
take your pick... Click the image to enlarge.

Hugelkultur vs. Strudelkultur

take your pick...


  • If I could get out there right now, I'ld cut down that trumpet vine that's been bugging me since we moved in. Yep, and the trellis it's grown on. TOAST! I'd drag 'em both over by the compost bin to be dealt with later. Then I would dance in the spot where it once flourished. Because it's going to come up from the roots next year in 100000 places.
  • I'd spread more newspaper in the yard, too, so that I can have less grass and more beds. I probably could do this for real right now, but the temperatures are plummetting like Groupon stock. 
  • I'd start hauling away all the straw bales I used as winter protection. I'm pretty sure the mess from the straw is going to prevent me from ever using it again... but the price (free!) was right! The birds have enjoyed playing in it so far this winter, at least.
  • If I could get out there, I'd give Hugelkultur a big ol' try. That's using dead wood as the base of a giant pile of organic stuff and then growing stuff on the pile. It's cool, Google it.  I have a dead ash that's just laying there, mocking me. It's in almost a perfect spot to just roll it over and, well, hugel it. Of course I can never remember "hugelkultur' so I call it "strudelkultur".  Still seems like an accurate name to me...
  • I wouldn't mind pulling out all the Rudbeckia submentosa that blocks the view. But I saw a snake over there 6 months ago and I'm not sure what snakes do in winter. I shouldn't take a chance.

So I'm just gonna sit here and drink coffee.... and order seeds. 



posted in: Kiss My Aster, Garden humor, hugelkultur, spring tasks

Comments (2)

KissMyAster writes: Thank you @Susan749!
XOXO! Posted: 4:25 pm on February 1st
susan749 writes: LOVE your columns!! Posted: 10:19 pm on January 30th
You must be logged in to post comments. Log in.