Well, since we just moved, and I’m just now starting over in this blog, I thought I’d share a bit of our garden for my first Simple Thursdays post. Keep in mind that we moved in late May, and I was about 38 weeks pregnant on moving day. So, all the gardening happened while heavily pregnant. Getting a garden in was a priority, but not the top one, and I didn’t have a whole lot of time to plan one. I’d love feedback and ideas on how to improve things for next year from more experienced gardeners.
Ok, here begins the tour:
We’ll start with the raised beds:
This one in front is carrots, and the bare half was supposed to be lettuce. It never came up. It’s too hot for lettuce now anyway. Behind is tomatoes: I forget the one on the left, in the middle is a variety called Pink Girl, and yellow cherry tomatoes on the right. They are the sweetest I’ve ever tasted! Bush beans were behind the tomatoes, but they’re pretty much done for the season. We’re leaving the rest on there to dry so we can plant some again next year.
These are our zucchinis. I love zucchini, but I planted too many plants. Also, zukes don’t do well around here, we have vine borers. We also got cucumber beetles and powdery mildew on this crop. I think we’ll skip the summer squash for a couple years. I have about enough zucchini to last me a couple years anyway.
Here you can see my husband’s wood chopping area. Every summer he collects wood from an arborist we know, and chops it, and sets to to season. In the winter, we burn fire as a way to save on heating bills. It only works because we get the wood for free. I also like knowing we can heat our home and possibly cook if the power ever went out for an extended period of time.
This is my kitchen herb garden. It’s got sage, oregano, lemon drop thyme, chives, and parsley. It used to have dill, but a storm blew it over. I didn’t know how tall it would get! And basil- I think our summer storms drowned it. Poor basil. I hope to plant LOTS next year for pesto!
Ok, we’re moving around the house in a circle now. Here is where I need feedback. This is the north side of the house. You can see our hose, and yes, we recycle. I need to set up a decent recycling system now that we’ve moved, but that’s a different post. Anyway, there’s nothing here yet.
Here is my daughter’s garden space. That dried bit in the corner was johnny jump ups. They’ve lasted all summer! I’m glad to have found SOMEthing that grows here, but I’d like to find more. What grows well in a very shady location?
Here’s the rest of that garden area. The large plant is poke. I’m letting it grow there for now, but come next season, we’re eating poke shoots, and planting some flowers there. I could do johnny jump ups, but I’d like to find a blend of flowers for this shady north area.
This is the kitchen door. I’m standing in the street, and this is the walk. We want to clear the grass away between the stepping stones, but I like the tufts in between the stones, so I was thinking of putting thyme there. The shady area that I just showed you is to the left there.
To the left of where the previous picture was taken is our mailbox. I’d love to put something climbing there. Clematis? Passionflower?
Here is the front of our house. Very very shady, as you can see from the patchy grass. I’d love to do spring bulbs. They may get enough sun, since the leaves won’t be fully out yet. What do you think?
Around the corner, just BEGGING for something to be planted there! After some research, I’m thinking hydrangeas or witch hazel.
Shady acidic soil under the pine tree. I just read in Better Homes and Gardens that azaleas would grow well there. I’m going to try it!
The side of the house. Husband is going to put window wells there, and the only other thing there right now is lambs quarters. This is the south side of the house, shaded by a sugar maple tree, but getting plenty of early afternoon sun. What would look nice here?
The last area is the side of the garage. It stays plenty shady, and I was thinking of putting a kids sand/mud digging area there. Right now, there’s some concrete and brush, and a half barrel with a small forest of maple trees.
So, that’s our garden. What do you think?