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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Evolution of Our Veggie Garden

I still can't get into our garden to start anything...it is still covered in snow, altho it sure is melting! I can now see the wood stumps the G man set up last year to mount the sprinklers on...and I can see a container that is holding my Virginia Creeper. Well, it used to hold Creeper, I will have to wait several more weeks to see if it made it thru winter....I have plans for that Creeper this year, so it durn well better come up!

I'm getting antsy, restless with a good case of cabin fever mixed in....the melting snow and resulting mud is stopping me from really getting anything of merit done....and I want spring to be here, as in Today!




So I thought I'd comfort myself with looking thru the pictures of our veggie garden....a bit of reflection so I can see that we have come quite a ways since we moved up here.....so here goes

We moved here at beginning of June 2006. This is our garden area 2 weeks before we moved in...yes, where the jungle gym is....






My Dad had come to help us move and stayed for several weeks...he was invaluable, especially since he works like a fiend, for very low wages...coffee and a bed.

Over the first few days Dad and I moved buckets and buckets of pea gravel off the garden area...(had to use buckets because we wanted to put the gravel on the pathway, which was up about 5 stairs from the garden)










After several days, that was finished and this was the result....you can see branches to the right, these were used to support my Scarlet Runner beans....the "bed" they are in was a kiddie's sandbox....we would turn that into our strawberry bed...













And here is the garden in August, 2006....filled to the brim, lol....






Over that winter, we decided the garden really needed to be bigger, quite a bit bigger......so





along came my husband and his machine and in April 2007, he worked on enlarging the area.


















and we put in an asparagus bed of 26 plants....



















and by mid-June, it looked like this. Asparagus bed is off to the left, strawberry beds (now 2 of them) are off to the right....












the da G man decided to put a water line from the house down into the garden, to simplify automatic sprinkler system.....(he's handy AND handsome, lucky me!!!)

Here's the ditching he did in order to run the line...













and so, by early July 2007, it looked like this. We also put in a berry bed, we started that in 2006, puttered away on it a bit in 2007, and this year, I will be moving berry plants, my garlic, and doing a bunch of other rearranging in that bed....


you can see the berry bed in this picture...the strawberry beds as well. Where the black plastic is in the pic, will be the third strawberry bed, which will be done this year. I put the plastic on it to try to kill off the grass underneath. I Should have added a whack of manure there in the fall, but didn't do it....and this spring I will pay for my laziness!









and here is our tomato greenhouse....works like a hot damn! The G man built it for me last year, when we realized we had wayyyy to much work on our plates to build the Real Greenhouse, that will have to wait....

but this works perfectly! And we had a big harvest of ripe juicy tomatoes....and at the end of the season, when frost really threatened, I picked the rest of the green tomatoes off the vines, put them into big brown paper bags and set them on our kitchen counter. Over the next weeks, they started to ripen, and eventually would be used in canning up a whack of tomato sauce and some really awesome salsa!

So there is our garden, and we'll be adding to and making some changes to it this year...can't wait.....
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4 comments:

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Oops... sorry this is Linda from LinderCroft.

Anne... loved the tour through your garden! It really has evolved! Very nice... I can't wait till mine is green.

Annie said...

Hi Linda, thanks! I have been reading your blog as well, you have been very busy!!

I'd like to add your blog to our links, hope that will be ok....

Linda said...

Anne... thanks please do add a link.