The garden crept up on me this year…
Just a few peppers (purple bell and sweet banana)
Green bell, purple bell, the first tomato, and some basil.
Calin also learned how to make windex-colored margaritas. They’re actually pretty tasty.
What a difference a few months can make! Last year, my veggie beds were rapidly overrun by grass and weeds; the lawnmower couldn’t fit between them, and the plants were all trying to escape. They still came out okay, but there were so many disappointments that we were determined to do this year’s beds differently. In mid-April, Calin decided to rebuilding my beds for me from scratch. We decided to model them on the old ones but take pointers from several internet sources. So we got some solid white pine (cedar is too expensive, and pressure treated is a really, really bad idea – especially for edibles!), and he got to work making me bigger, better beds.
It took a few hundred dollars of wood and crazy deck screws and landscaping fabric, and about two weeks (with our time constraints) to get them all built, but in the end they were substantially larger, tall enough that the grass won’t just grow in the sides, and just generally much better. (I know it doesn’t look like it in this picture – our lawn mower broke, so this is with three weeks of grass growth under steady, growth-inducing rain.) We lined the bottoms with landscape fabric – wrapped up the outside – so that the crab grass will stay out longer (hopefully forever), and we cut them into the hillside farther apart and actually level. We also made sure that the top sides were much farther above ground level, so the yard won’t take over the beds from the top. (more…)
I am wildly overdue for a gardening post. This is not because I haven’t been gardening. Or, more accurately, this is not because my garden hasn’t been doing things. This is because for some reason I have been more focused on food than on plants whenever I sit down to my computer. I’m not sure if that has some deeper meaning, but I’m going to choose to pretend that it just means I’ve been hungry. Anyway, this is gonna be a long one…
My garden is beautiful this year. Beautiful and wild and green and thriving (with a few notable exceptions) and producing fantastic and sometimes unexpected things. I love it, and I try to go out and commune with it every day. Except lately it’s been raining a lot (perhaps hence the notable exceptions?), and I’ve been tired and getting home late a lot. But most days!
My fears for our incredibly mild winter (knock on skull) seem to have been unwarranted. (I say this writing now, barely into March, when winter could come and hit us at any time, and all evidence could be buried.) These are photos of my garden from January 28th – evidence of Springtime only one week after our mini-ice storm. (Yes, yes, I’m getting behind.) Following so closely on the heals of our mini-ice storm, my garden seems to be happily chugging along on its annual schedule, only perhaps a few weeks early.
On this incredible 70 degree day in February, I thought I’d share some pictures from our brief winter.
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Photos from our mini-ice storm on January 21st. Ice is so beautiful and so destructive.