In September, when tomato plants are overgrowing their cages, sticks, twine, and whatever else is keeping them off the ground, mystery vines are taking over the yard, and weeding has long lost its charm, I can never remember how bare the garden looked in Spring. So I'm going to try to remember to share a garden post at least once a month. It will be nice to look at in January and will help when planning next year's garden. I realize it is almost the beginning of June, not mid May, but I took the photos early last week. No artistic photos here, just the facts. This is a long post, so if you don't give a hoot about looking at other people's yards, just skip this one.
My perennial flower garden. Sigh. It would look so much nicer without that hideous wire fencing, but that fence is the only thing keeping the flowers alive. I planted cucumber seeds and nasturtiums around the edges and have some beans planted near the branch teepees. I also ran out of space and randomly tucked in some red onions, but most of them have already been dug up. Why do chipmunks want onions?!
The view out the back door. Chickens and ducks on the left. Large cherry tree trunks in the back. Just last weekend, a friend was able to use his pick-up truck to pull several of them out to the driveway. After having them in our yard for two months now, they are not just things that are in the way, but have become jumping platforms, "beach rocks" and "wibble wobblers", so we are keeping a couple of them.
The chicken coop and the new "brick garden" or "chicken garden" behind it. With the removal of the cherry tree, we have so much more sunlight, so we fenced off half of the chicken yard to use as garden. While digging horse manure into the ground, I rediscovered the brick path that I had laid there about 7 years ago, when we originally used that space as a garden. The cattle panel will (hopefully) be covered by Red Kuri squash and cukes.
I have flowers in the back - zinnias, cosmos, caldendula, and marigolds. Then potatoes in the middle row, along with spinach that I tucked along the edges.
The "herb garden", which is smack dab in the center of the yard. Grapes completely covered the front of this last year, producing tons of leaves, but the fruit withered and died. I whacked those back, which gave me a lot more space. Our red raspberry bushes are growing like crazy on the edge of the garden.
My lone rhubarb, more calendula (in case the rabbits attack, I want back-up), and lots of basil for pesto. The tiny seedlings on the right are toadflax. I am really excited about these; I bought them with the little babe in mind - bouquets of Fairy Bouquet!
I'm hoping to protect the valuables. Peas are in the green plastic netting - I'm growing a Tom Thumb dwarf variety, carrots are under the screen, though they are quickly outgrowing the space. I wasn't sure what to do with the spinach and then I saw the old rabbit cage in the shed - ah ha! A rabbit cage to keep out the rabbits. And mint? I don't have to worry about that at all! The rabbits seem to know that they can't wipe that out, so they don't even try. The garlic is looking awesome and I am SO excited about it! For some reason, I think it really makes the space look like a garden, not just a patch of dirt.
This is our biggest garden. It was formerly a weed path in the shade of the cherry tree, but I cleared it out, carted in wheelbarrow loads (heavy!) of horse manure and chicken bedding. We have 32 roma tomatoes, more basil, white onions, and now there is also Australian Butter pumpkins, butternut squash (my Nutter Butter seedlings died, so these are generic Walthams), and a couple heirloom tomato plants. On this cattle panel we'll hopefully have melons (taking a big gamble on those) and Baby Pam Pie pumpkins. I have really high hopes for this space!
Also tucked into this back garden is the little babe's dog-free play area. This is where Peggy the chicken lives. (She appears to be taking a nap in this picture.) The bee sign is to keep the foxes* out of her pen.
*We have never seen a fox in our neighborhood, but you never know - metal chickens might smell better than the real thing.