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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? 

Friday Favorite: Creeping Thyme

June 16th, 2017

In Ohio I had a lot of varieties of creeping thyme, from the super micro variety that grows less than a centimeter tall, to the variety that’s about 6-8 inches tall. I started adding a few varieties to the potager and between the rocks by our front door. They are filling in nicely and providing a lot of interest, for both us and the pollinators.

One thing I love about thyme is that it thrives in difficult locations. The space between these rocks grew weeds and was a bit of an eyesore if not kept weeded or clipped. I figured thyme would be perfect to fill in and thrive in these difficult conditions. I have four different varieties in here so far, purple flowers, white flowers, wooly thyme, and a very low growing thyme was just planted in another section.

Thyme is a favorite plant of mine, I find that it seems to always be of great use in places other plants might not work. The fact that it blooms beautifully, comes in a wide variety of heights, bloom colors, and textures is another benefit. It spreads nicely (without becoming invasive) and divides very easily which means you can end up with lots of plants from one initial plant. When you add the food in provides for pollinators it rounds out as a perfect plant. If you don’t have any in your garden, try to find a spot to tuck one in. If you know a gardener that has some, ask them for a division.

I even planted a few of the taller varieties under the front porch door, it’s a weird spot and grows weeds. If it get enough sunlight, the thyme will love the dryness of this location. Later this summer I’ll post photos if it survives and thrives. At the moment it’s looking good and I have confidence it will be the perfect way to add something delightful where a problem existed, just like between these big rocks.

What’s your favorite hard working plant in the garden?

Filling the Nooks & Crannies

November 7th, 2016

When I lived in Ohio and had a small garden I learned to take advantage of every single nook and cranny in the garden. Since I didn’t have much space, I needed every single inch that I could find to grow all the plants that I wanted to grow. Here in Maine I have way more space than I could ever cultivate, but I still take advantage of all those tiny spaces here and there, like the space under our little front porch between the porch and the giant rock that sits in front of the door.
Mostly I like filling them because otherwise they fill with weeds. This space fills with weeds and looks messy, I thought adding creeping thyme would fill it with lovely herbs that would bloom and provide beauty for me and food for the pollinators. Creeping thyme is one of my favorite plants to use filling the spaces here and there.

What’s a favorite plant you have for filling spaces throughout the garden?

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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.