"When she feeds the flowers
5-20-12: Ok, I’ve been updating the Garden Diary pretty regularly and intend to continue doing so. Other things will wait for now, but there is still a lot going on out there, so check back from time to time to see our progress.
4-21-12: I know, I know,
it’s been a while. There have
been some pretty big changes in the garden since the last update. To sum up, we have been moving more and
more toward edibles and an ecologically sound practice. We now have 59 different types of
perennial edibles growing in our garden.
Using perennials means we have very little work to do once the plants
are established, yet we can walk out our door any day of the year and harvest
a fresh meal, not including meat. We
found local sources for organic matter for the garden beds, as well as a way
to keep our own garden debris from leaving our property. Also, we took the blue boxes out of the
Potager, reshaping the four square beds into two free-form ones, and planted
four small fruit trees in them. They
will still be sunny for a long time, and be used for smaller annual and
perennial edibles and flowers. This
year, we transformed the nearly empty, shady, back north side of the garden
into a Utility Area with a potting table, compost bins, and storage for pots
and plant supports. As a bonus, we now
have a clean Patio that we hope to furnish for al fresco dining (and pretty
up with some potted plants, of course).
Lastly, we replaced the grass paths in the
To see a blow-by-blow account, visit the new pages:
new page: Growing Dinner: Visit to a Homegarden A homegarden
is a private subsistence garden, in tropical regions. In temperate zones, it is referred to as a
Updated: Behind the Wall
Pages on self-watering containers, a continuous flow worm bin, and visits to some lovely local gardens.