Thursday, January 29, 2009

Garden Plans '09

Here is a sneak peek of our garden plans for 2009. When we moved here in May 2006 I was only a few months pregnant and it was super hot we had no garden that year which made me sad. I was working full time and commuting 81 miles a day so really I had NO energy for digging around in the dirt by the time I got home.
The next year we tilled up a small patch where our herb garden resides now. It was so dry the summer of 2007 that we barely got any veggies. The deer would come and eat our green tomatoes and I let them b/c I could only imagine how thirsty and hungry they were.
Last year we planted some Hot red peppers in planters and I think a tomato plant or two and then converted our once patch of garden into a permanent herb garden. I cook with herbs all the time and it is just outside my front door so I just love it.
Here is a look at our future plans. Hopefully we will get it all going this season so I can post a lucious garden with plenty of harvest!
My hearty rosemary that we have had for about 2 years now...I cook with it all the time!

Right now the herb garden is under a cover of leaves. I purposely let the leaves hang out this winter just incase some of the herbs make it through the winter. So far it looks like the sage, parsley and thyme are still hanging in there.

View from our driveway looking down upon our garden layout. We have a lot of work to do still. we have to round up the area, then till it and then fill it with a few truck loads of top soil. Not to mention we have to build up the wall since this is the sunniest spot of of our yard but it is down hill.

We have split rail fence on 3 sides of our yard and these are some extra. We are going to try to build the wall around the garden with these and Scott is going to sink some poles on the side that will be the tallest and is at the bottom of the hill..hope it works.

This is a little patch that the original builder/owner of our house planted a bunch of bulbs. I love bulbs but I plan on digging up this spot and planting sweet potatoes. If you have never seen sweet potatoes in the ground they make a beautiful ground cover. They have lush green leaves and these beautiful purple flowers. Then you just dig up the sweet potatoes and usually you will have enough to share! :)

View into your compost box...this will be so fantastic once mixed in with our garden dirt. Plus we feel so good about composting because that is that much less that goes into the landfill.

Compost box chillin with it's lid closed.

This is the wall the runs along our front walkway. This spot does get a lot of sun all year and we considered putting our garden here at one point but decided upon the other area. Instead we are planning on lining a row of blueberry bushes on the inside of this wall. Oh so yummy to have fresh blueberries on my cereal in the morning.

One more peek at our garden lay out. I really want to do a patch garden again but my husband is dead set on rows. I think he has agreed to put the viney plants (squash, cucumbers etc.) up in the top of the garden that is at the highest point in a patch. We may even build a trelis on one side for some of them to venture up.
I am so excited to get my hands dirty and get this thing going finally this year. I will keep you posted on the progress...wish me luck!

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