This spring I had the good fortune to be given a “blank slate” for the purposes of my front yard.  The house had some ugly, overgrown, hedged, and multi-colored azaleas slowly taking over our home’s façade when I moved in.  I love azaleas, but none of their endearing qualities remained with this lot.  They had to be removed.  So my husband began the process of cutting them down and digging them out while I envisioned what I’d do with the empty space that remained.

Since then, I’ve planted countless shrubs, a Higan Weeping Cherry tree, and hundreds of annual and perennial flowers.  An unusually wet spring killed off over half of the annuals, and a dry summer hindered the growth of those that remained.  However, when we got back from our honeymoon, we came home to find that the plants in our garden had exploded with growth!  While we were gone, we got quite a bit of much-needed rain, for which my garden showed its appreciation.

Another gardening adventure we’ve undertaken is building an 8′ x 12′ raised bed vegetable garden.  I received a total of 11 cubic yards of a combination of topsoil and compost for my birthday, and our raised bed is chock full of this wondrous soil.  This summer I planted 3 tomato plants (1 each of the Better Boy, Health Kick, and Cherry tomato varieties), a banana and jalepeño pepper plant, 4 green bean plants, 4 edamame plants, 6 strawberries, some carrots, white radishes, a lettuce, 8 okras, a row of rhubarb and another of asparagus, a tobacco plant (courtesy of Joanna’s dad), and a variety of herbs.  I won’t lie- the garden is jam packed and rather hard to harvest.  But it has been producing wonderfully and has given us some very healthy meals.

I’m considering building another raised bed this fall for the strawberries.  They’re beginning to take over the garden already, and while I love them dearly, I do want to successfully raise other plants as well.  So the plan is to make a strawberry-only bed and transplant the six June-bearing plants into it, along with several other varieties.  This should make everyone happy, and give me even more strawberries to devour.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by thechickendance on August 6, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Haha. I think I might have as many strawberries as you have birds at this point. The blasted wildlife gets the berries before I do unfortunately. The little buggers don’t even have the decency to eat the whole berry. Just a bite out of each one every time. Grrrr….


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