Through The Garden Gate of Steve And Sandy Hawes – Salem, Oregon
“We enjoy the outdoors and the physical exercise in keeping up with the various plantings. We also gain much from having the space for entertaining among the blooms and foliage. Steve has a daily system setup for feeding the wildlife (squirrels and birds), along with the deer that wander in, and he prides himself on the numbers that are waiting for him each morning.” Steve and Sandy Hawes
Featured Gardeners: Steve and Sandy Hawes
Location: Salem, Oregon
Years Gardening: 40
How much time do you spend gardening? For instance, would you consider yourself a daily daisy, weekend wildflower, spring and summer succulent, or occasional orchid?
It depends on the season. We have a helper once a week to mow and blow the beds and sidewalks. We trim and weed and tend a little each day during the warm weather and weekly in the colder weather as needed.
Describe your garden(s) or gardening activities:
We love large shrubs and many trees. During the Spring, Summer and Fall we fill in with colors as we can and as weather permits. We tend to have beds that are permanent plantings and just fill in with many pots and bedding plants for color. Many of the decks and porches have the indoor pots in the warm weather and then they are moved in during the cold spells to be enjoyed and tended to. Sandy tends to the daily pot watering and tending to the pots and Steve maintains the trimmings of the larger plants. We like diverse looks and love it when plants return from seeds and fill in from previous seasons.
What about your garden(s) or gardening activities has given you the most pride?
Being able to look out and see the different groupings for color and texture through the seasons. Also being able to have separate areas for entertaining and relaxing with a good book or with company for meals.
What about your garden(s) or gardening activities has been the biggest challenge, and how did you overcome it?
As we are aging the many slopes and maturing of the plants have given us a challenge in keeping the beds as neat as we’d always like. But this is why we hired a helper once a week for the lawn and some of the leaf blowing in the Fall.
What advice would you give to a novice gardener who is just starting out?
Keep your plan simple and do a good job of cleaning up before winter sets in so you are ready for planting early in the spring with clean beds.
What are your two favorite “can’t live without” gardening tools or products?
Leaf blower for our many leaves and barkdust to keep the weeding down.
What’s your next project?
Cleaning out the number of pots and simplifying the groupings on the decks and hard surfaces so that watering and trimming is at a minimum.
How does your garden and/or gardening enrich your life?
We enjoy the outdoors and the physical exercise in keeping up with the various plantings. We also gain much from having the space for entertaining among the blooms and foliage. Steve has a daily system setup for feeding the wildlife (squirrels and birds), along with the deer that wander in, and he prides himself on the numbers that are waiting for him each morning.
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