Mr. B constructed a raised bed for my vegetable garden with decorative wall brick! The nice part is, if I decide I want it higher we can take the top cap pieces off and easily add more wall brick! I loaded it up with compost from my two composter system. Every Fall I go to a local horse rescue farm and fill up a bunch of bins with composted horse poo er, manure. I dump it all into my compost bin and add a huge amount of leaves I have chopped up with the mower. All through the winter I add kitchen scraps and used coffee grounds (UCGs) a woman at work saves and brings in for me. All of this combined with water as needed gets it really steamin’! Occasional I will toss a load of it into my compost tumbler. I go out at least once a week (weather permitting) and turn the tumbler a few times. By the time Spring rolls around I have plenty of black gold, compost!
Next I attacked the perennial garden. This space has always been a work in process. Adding plants, moving plants, getting rid of dead plants. Is a gardener ever satified? Not this one, that’s for sure! I had had enough of the rotting wood edging. It served me well for about two years but the last year or so it just looked baaad! Being a red-bloded American gal, I have always wanted a white picket fence, but, I didn’t want it to impede the sight of the flowers from the kitchen window. So I found a lovely picket fence that looks so pretty but sits low enough for me to be able to pick flowers to bring into the house.
In early Spring:
As you can see, with all of the rain God sent down in the Spring, the grass greened right up. It also has provided me with a wealth of flowers from tulips to lilies to black-eyed Susans.
The veggie garden is providing us with at least a cucumber, or more, each day. This was my first year trying spaghetti squash. In spite of an early summer hail storm, I have been able to cook and freeze several pounds of homegrown spaghetti squash so far this year. I just love it served hot with butter and parmesan cheese. My tomatillos plant is huge! It is loaded with little ballons of tomatillos. I should be able to get enough to cook and freeze for pots of chili verde to gobble up and warm us when the weather gets cold. Sadly, my tomatoes failed me this year. They got the dreaded wilt and I will have to stop growing them for a couple of years which, makes me sad because there is nothing better than slicing into a garden fresh tomato.
I know there are only a few short weeks left to enjoy my garden. Soon the days will get colder, snow will begin to fall. I wilt and wither just like my beloved plants. Not to worry though. Come the first warm Spring morning you will find me, reborn, out in my garden and Mr. B will be greeted by my giddy shouts of "Honey! Lookee! I've got dirt under my fingernails!!"