I hope you had a great week!
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Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms
What a week it was!
After a fun weekend in Columbus, Ohio visiting our daughter Shana, we got right back into the swing of things here.
The weather is still pretty hot but much cooler than it was last week. So I was able to get out in the gardens and get a few things done!
I harvested the rest of the potatoes, pulled a few plants that have seen better days, and even planted a few new hydrangeas.
Because we’ve been traveling so much and the weather has been so hot, I also had A LOT of cutting to do in the potager garden.
So the house has been filled with fresh flowers both inside and out on the porches.
Some of my dahlia flowers were getting really top-heavy and leaning over after some of the storms we had, so I also spent some time staking them up a little better.
When I plant these gardens next year, I’m going to do two layers of trellis netting instead of just one on heavier-duty, secured stakes in the raised garden beds.
With each passing day, the gardens are looking more and more like fall. It’s such a beautiful transition to watch and one of the reasons I love living in New Jersey.
What I’m Shopping For This Week
I am getting ready to make wreaths this fall and winter! So I snagged a bunch of wreath-making supplies plus a few other gardening and home odds and ends.
Here’s what I’m shopping for this week.
Wreath Making Supplies
- These wreath forms.
- This moss.
- These vials to keep flowers hydrated.
- This floral wire and tape kit.
- And these garden snips are the best. I’ll keep a set with my wreath-making supplies.
Garden Supplies and Tools
- I needed a new garden debris pop up bin. My old one was a few years old and the handle broke from all the lifting.
- This bulb fertilizer so I’m ready when my spring flowering bulbs arrive for planting.
- This deer repellent.
- These solar string lights for the Potager garden.
- These shepherds hooks for my solar lanterns.
Other Random Stuff I’m Shopping For
- I was totally influenced by @erikataylor to buy this pink powder.
- These patches are for depuffing under the eyes.
- Just bought these sneakers for everyday wear.
What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms
It was a fun week on the blog!
I shared my FREE Fall Gardening Guide Ebook which is chock full of everything you need to grow a stunning autumn garden, filled with vibrant colors and lush foliage.
In this guide, I share my handpicked selection of must-have gardening tools, supplies, and all the other things that will make your garden life easier.
Get the guide here.
This week, we are diving into fall flowers. So we chatted about how to grow and care for pansies flowers.
If you are new to gardening and want to get started, pansies flowers are a great option to start with. T
hey are easy to grow, and do well in both container gardens and small spaces. Learn how to care for them with these simple tips.
I also shared about how to grow pumpkins. Have you ever grown them before?
If you’ve never tried growing them before and want to try, you’ll want to save this post or share it on your favorite Pinterest board so you remember it later.
Because pumpkins are so fun to grow!
If you are already growing them, I shared some great tips for harvesting the fruit, saving the seeds and more in this informative post.
As we head into fall and I’m getting ready to plant some container gardens, I shared 25 of the prettiest autumn flowers and plants together with design recipes.
We also chatted about ways to set a cozy and beautiful fall harvest table for your next dinner party. Learn how to set a stunning tablescape for friends and family with these simple tips.
And finally, I also shared 11 effortless ways to cozy up an outdoor living space for fall. Follow these tips so you can create a beautiful space you’ll enjoy all season long.
Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web
I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.
This adorable DIY sunflower centerpiece idea.
This fall home tour.
And these decorating tips for the dining room.
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- I like to use a good-quality, potting soil, garden soil, compost, and perlite when planting. While I make my own compost, you can easily buy it ready-made for use.
- I have used this deer repellent with great success. But now, I’m all about this deer repellent that is systemic instead of topical. This means the plant takes it in as opposed to it just smelling bad. If you want to minimize the work and not use repellents, choose plants that are deer-resistant from this list.
- Hands down this is my favorite hand-weeding tool. You can use it to get underneath roots and loosen soil, and it cuts down on the weeding time because you work much faster.
- But I also love this long, stand-up weeding tool to really get around roses from afar.
- I use this organic fertilizer for roses because the blooms are more prolific and it’s organic.
- And I use this organic fertilizer for my vegetables and herbs in the potager garden.
- You’ll need a sharp set of pruners when working with plants and flowers. I buy a few so I can stash them around.
- I use these garden snips to deadhead and cut flowers from my gardens.
- Where pest and disease problems are concerned, if I need to, I generally use this insecticidal soap or neem oil to help control infestations depending on the issue. When using, only apply when pollinators are less active.
- This is my go-to bait for slug and snail problems with my hostas and dahlias.
- This is my favorite set-and-forget slow-release fertilizer for houseplants, annuals, and container gardens.
- Whenever I stake my peonies or other plants, I generally use these grow-through garden supports because they work really well and keep the blooms upright.
- I use this collapsible bin ALL THE TIME. It is invaluable when working in the beds as it’s light to carry around and folds flat for easy storage.
- Drip irrigation set on a timer is your friend! I love these for my planters, window boxes, and hanging baskets.
- And this four way hose bib allows you to split one spicket into four!
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I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. With a deep passion for gardening, I enjoy helping others find their inner green thumb with all things plants and flowers, as well as finding ways to bring the outdoors inside their homes.
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