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Nooks and Crannies in the Garden

July 26th, 2017

If you remember, earlier this spring I talked about planting some creeping thyme under the front porch door. It was always an awkward spot, growing weeds and generally just making the entryway look a little unkempt. This small nook isn’t very large, the tiny front vestibule/porch area is only about 3×5 and underneath it is filled with gravel. Of course weeds always thrived in this spot, which was not my idea of what I want at my front door. This spring I thought creeping thyme might just be the plant to grow here. It will thrive in the dry gravely conditions and should keep weeds from taking root.

So far it’s working beautifully. I love being able to use these tiny nooks to grow plants, especially ones that pollinators love. This short thyme is finally established and starting to bloom. Overall, I’d say I solved this problem! Sometimes we can take these troublesome nooks and crannies and fill them with just the right plant to make them a feature instead of problem.

Creeping thyme is always one of my go-to plants when I have little nooks and crannies to fill in the garden. It grows in less than ideal situations and looks beautiful most of the year. It’s definitely a favorite plant around here.

What’s your favorite plant for nooks and crannies in the garden? 

One Comment to “Nooks and Crannies in the Garden”
  1. Nebraska Dave on July 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Susy, I didn’t have a favorite plant for nooks and crannies but I do now. That is so cool to have a plant that will deal with weeds in less than ideal places.

    The first bed of sweet corn has been harvested which leaves and open bed. I’ve been trying to decide what to follow up with in the open spot. The backyard kitchen garden has an open bed as well. I am hoping to plant more fall lettuce, radishes, and perhaps spinach.

    It seems summer is passing quickly and we will be into Fall before long. As you know I’m not big on preservation but I did can five quarts of pickles and seven quarts of green beans as a test of whether I want to pursue more next year.

    The green beans taste amazing and nothing like store bought so I’m thinking yes definitely preserve more of those next year.

    Have a great nooks and crannies day.

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.

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