Hi, my name is "Meems".
My garden gate is open and I'm glad you're here for a visit.
I began journaling and photographing my garden experiences at http://www.hoeandshovel.com/ in June 2007.
email me: hoeandshovelgarden at gmail dot com
Quick Facts about Hoe and Shovel
Location: Tampa Bay Area, Florida
Hardiness Zone: 9ab -ish
AHS Heat Zone: 10
Growing Season: All Year Long
Size: Nearly 2/3 acre
Conditions: Sticky, hot summers; Beautiful winters
Summer 2014 Update:
In an unexpected turn of events we sold our home and garden of 30 years on July 13, 2014. We signed the contract on June 1 and in barely 6 weeks we moved *next door*. You can read the details of how and why we moved *next door* here and here.
On June 1, 2014 I immediately began physically moving plants, rooted cuttings, birdhouses, containers, seating, bird feeders, bird baths and even some of the flagstones used for pathways from my previous garden to my new garden.
I hired two neighborhood boys (brothers) to help me. I couldn't have done it so quickly without their help. They were digging out sod to make room for the plants I didn't want to leave behind and I was doing the design and planting.
The emotional process has gone from the grief of leaving my beloved original garden to excitement about the challenges of creating a new one. I hope you'll follow along as I make this new garden my own.
I'm still calling my garden and my blog Hoe and Shovel.
What you read from here down is all about my previous garden. It's the garden I created from scratch as I like to call it. Almost every single plant and tree was planted with my own two little hands. It was a labor of love that took many years.
Circle Garden October 2011
As a native Floridian, I’m used to gardening year round. What I love most about being in the garden is the peaceful sense of oneness I feel with God, my Creator, who gave me this passion and gift in the first place.
What you see currently in the photos at Hoe and Shovel blog is the result of approximately 11 years of diligently cultivating my small piece of earth a little bit at a time.
I've outlined the gradual progression of building my garden which you can click here to read if you're curious.
Gardening is a passionate pursuit for me. I LOVE everything about the natural ways we connect with the earth. Mankind was created by God in a garden. It makes perfect sense for us to have innate instincts to tend the ground. Whether big or small the possibilities in our gardens are endless. Creating and achieving a peaceful place for family and wildlife to enjoy is incredibly fulfilling.
In a slow, season by season process, I've eliminated
Only organic fertilizers and amendments are used in my edible garden and my planting beds. I rarely have any problems with pests in the perennial gardens. Pollinators and predator bugs are allowed to freely roam about the property as a natural means of eliminating the pest bugs we might have. It is remarkable how nature takes care of itself with regard to balance when chemicals are eliminated and anxiety about a few bugs eating some leaves no longer matters in the overall scheme of things.
I hope you gain some inspiration and perhaps some helpful knowledge to encourage you and your gardening passion as you follow me in my endeavors to learn and experience more as well.