When I toured the South Carolina Botanical Gardens earlier this summer, I found inspiration in this corner. This portion of the garden is made up of all plants that tolerate low water conditions. Perfect sort of plants for the two beds near the back of my yard, where the garden hose doesn't reach. I know I'll have to lug the watering can out there the first year to help get anything new established. But then they will be on their own.
I especially liked the striking contrast of the Purple Heart (Tradescantia pallida) here, breaking up the green. There's a list of List of Drought Tolerant Plants from Clemson Extension if you are also inspired to try this at home.
When planting my vegetable garden this spring, I found a family of fire ants had moved in. Lucky me!
I'm not a purist when it comes to organic gardening, but dumping poison where I intend to grow food doesn't seem like the best idea. When researching my plight on the Clemson Extension homepage, I discovered a whole page devoted to this topic. And I picked up an essential tidbit: if you annoy the heck out of them, they will move.
And for only $19.99, I will sell you my Organic Fire Ant Control Stick. Pictured above, it's easy and effective to use. Just stir in the middle of the ant mound. Wait 24 hours and repeat.
I love it when organic gardening is easier than using chemicals. As I've mentioned before, "organic gardening" always sounds like so much work, not to mention slightly pretentious. It doesn't have to be that way. Be lazy and garden organic.