|Our Crepe Myrtle bush can be seen with the flowers|
turning to seed, which the Cardinals love.
The proximity of our Eden to Derrick's Almost Eden means I have a lot of bushes to select at fantastic prices and vitality. A neighboring nursery means much healthier plants than those coming from a hardware, grocery, or Internet store. When Derrick went into business, I purchased such bushes as Beautyberry, Cethra, Gooseberry, Blueberry, Elderberry, Chaste Tree, and Blackberry.
Joel Salatin and Gabe Brown have taught me how valuable deep root systems are. "Leave a living root in the ground, as long as possible." I used to straighten my back and heave big weeds out of the ground - thistle, poke, and ragweed. Now I let the roots remain and prune the weed at the base. That is also a good way to treat other unwanted but difficult to remove plants - except maple. Give a maple seedling a chance and it will be rooted to the center of the earth.
There are two major reasons for treasuring berry and ornamental bushes.
- Most of the organic matter in the soil comes from root systems, and bushes grow extensive and deep roots that network with the fungi, soil creatures, and other plants.
- Rain infiltration is more important than the amount of rain, because run-off simply erodes the soil and goes down the drains.
Man breaks up the soil with expensive equipment, diminishing its value. The Creator breaks up the soil with root systems, increasing the fertility and productivity of the soil.
|Clethra is called pepperbush - Ruby Spice in this case.|
| Norma Boeckler writes about Gooseberries|
in her upcoming book.
|We do not have this many Butterfly Bushes.|
Their sweet smell attracts butterflies
and birds love to perch in them.
|A row of Blueberries borders the Hosta garden,|
which is filling in with Hostas as they get established.
|Chaste Tree is known for attracting bees.|
CT loves the sun and hates being watered.
|I planted two Elderberries.|
They are now in full bloom and look like this -
giant plants and flowers with tiny berries.
| Beautyberry makes visitors stop and wonder, "What is that?|
The flowers turn to berries that last all summer.