joene’s garden is written by … you guessed it … Joene. That’s me.
This blog chronicles my experiences gardening in the more south-eastern section of central Connecticut (Hardiness zone 6). We grow really wonderful rocks in this part of Connecticut, rocks that glaciers left here many years ago. The soil is generally acidic. Oak trees and mountain laurels grow exceptionally well here, as do deer that eat vegetation from above, and voles that eat vegetation from below.
Some in this region become overwhelmed by the forces that seem aimed to hinder any expectations of growing beautiful and productive gardens. Not me. Gardening is part of who I am; it makes me happy.
I approach the challenges facing gardens in my region as something to celebrate and overcome. I build gardens around native boulders and use glacial rocks for walls, paths, and features. I embrace our naturally acidic soils by adding perennials, shrubs and trees that do the same. I study local creatures to learn how to garden with them. To grow plants that deer and I both like, I use protected gardens.
I’ve been practicing my gardening skills for four decades, giving me a bit of gloves-in-the-soil experience. I’ve also earned certification as a landscape designer and an organic land care professional. But I’m always learning and I still make mistakes.
Gardening is a wonder. Sometimes it’s best to simply observe to learn, other times it’s best to learn from other gardeners. Gardening is also very regional. What works for me and grows well here may not work or grow elsewhere … but this only adds to the wonder.