I just stumble upon this website and forum while I was searching for places to chat about gardening. I have been to a couple other websites but there were just too many different forums for me to find people to talk to. Everything was too spread out. I wanted to find something that seemed to get a fair amount of traffic so that I'd have people to talk to when I got tired of trying to work outside on rainy days! Yesterday was one of those, here in Eastern Iowa. Rainy yesterday and today is supposed to be the same. Won't have to worry about it today though because I am off to work soon and my day will be spent there.
Anyway, I thought maybe I would tell everyone a little bit about myself. My name is Manda and I am 24 and I live in Eastern Iowa. I have always been interested in gardening but never did much more than help my mom plant veggies and a couple of rose bushes.... but now I own my own home and I am faced with a large task.
My husband owned this home before we met and he didn't do much more to take care of the lawn and yard other than mow and occasionally trim the rose bush in front. I have finally coerced him into realizing that we need to take better care of our yard and that he needs to help me make things prettier! So, to say the least, my yard has been in utter disrepair for a long time but it is slowly getting better.
I am married to a car nut and a junkaholic... there are car and bike parts in every inch of this property it seems! I've spent the last couple of weeks cleaning up junk (car parts, bike parts, misc clutter) and getting dead leaves and other various yard waste off of our back desk and now I am into the "good stuff". I have been having a really hard time getting rid of weeds, clovers, and other not-yet-identified stuff out of my yard. I tried chemicals like Round-up to get rid of them but that didn't help. It was suggested to me to try a Weed Hound but I also need something to get weeds out of a rock covered flower bed where space is limited and the weeds are growing rampent between my tulips. I could really use some advice on getting rid of these things. I do have a dog that is out in the yard a lot so I don't want to expose him to anything harmful. But he does not go in the front yard where the tulips are.
I guess I am kind of overwhelmed by the amount of work that is in front of me. Aside from doing more clean-up and landscaping work with timbers, rocks, lights, bricks, etc, I also want to plant more flowers. I already planted some bed flowers in the front in some flower boxes and a couple of big planters and then in back I did a bit of work behind the house and planted some climbers along the privacy fence. Trying to grow some snapdragons to seperate later and plant as well but need some suggestions for nice hardy, pretty things that I can plant in my climate.
Any advice and maybe just a "you can do it" would be so helpful. Heh. Thanks for reading my story. Hope eveyrone is enjoying the beautiful weather! (More rain. Woohoo.)