So what have I been doing? Aside from working a temp position I do twice a year, I have been cleaning up a whole season's worth of weeds and crap. Like I said in an earlier post I suffered from a major funk last summer and I really was not up to spending time in 100 degree heat to do a damn thing since nothing I planted grew anyway. Last year was the official "fuck it" year.
However, I have expanded on the post I did on my planters. Here is what my garden is up to.
I hate weeding. Really. I would rather let weeds do their best after plants are established than spend a day out there in the sun pulling out volunteer "damndelions". So I think I may have come up with a solution. Strawberries spread like crazy and I had these two in pots on the deck. This a a pic of one of my rose beds and I can't seem to keep it weed free so I thought this might be a good solution. Only time will tell.
I am very limited in space. I have .11 acres on a corner in a suburban neighborhood. I can't have any animals beyond my dogs and cats, and being on a corner I have restrictions on what I can put where. So I have to get creative with space. I am trying to put in things that are edible as well as pretty, but I won't delude myself to think that we could live on what I grow. Far from it. I try to grow things we can enjoy as a treat through the growing season and anything I preserve is from the farmers market. I do plan to do a canning party this summer...I WILL do this, dammit....so I will have to write a post on that.
I always grow cucumbers. But this seems to be the year of the vine, and I have in the past grown them vertically on a trellis. Some years this is good, others have not been good. Well, I had my kids old sand box and thought it would do well to use it. I put in the cukes and had husband make me a cone trellis out of some wire fencing we had.
The other things if you look closely are lettuce. I don't think they are going to make it but if they don't I will replant. They were started indoors and really should have gone into the ground before I left for a week of work. That didn't happen and it looks like a gnome pissed on them.
Directly to the left of the planter is the GIANT wisteria that has climbed my deck pergola. I have to hack away at it every year or the house would be totally covered in the space of 2 years. The damn thing has never bloomed and I have tried all the "remedies" out there to no avail. But it provides shade so I guess it can stay.
To the right of horseradish hell bed, it the back bed. It has brussel sprouts, and broccoli, volunteer shallots and peas (not in this picture because I am a nimrod and forgot to take a second picture)
Right across from horseradish bed is garlic, one zucchini and one yellow squash as they have a bush like habit, and would fit in this weird space next to my garlic. I don't plan my garden beyond my stomach so sometimes I get dip shit choices like this because the garlic is just chillin in the middle.
Now on to the deck. Pot gardening (and not the fun stuff) is something I have been forced into because I have, as I said , limited space. So the three pots on the bottom are my potatoes, as I can't very well grow them in the garden. I have a mole problem. And there is nothing like waiting all season to harvest your potatoes and when you do, each one is hollowed out. Seriously, and I scolded the cat for this one. She likes birds and I told her to catch something useful for christ's sake. I already have stopped with a bird feeder because it is like baiting them for her.
I didn't anticipate this picture but it is a good one of the greenhouse There are plastic panels on one side to provide heat. In the pots I have rosemary, sage, and the long pot has spinach that I will reseed several times throughout the season. It is perfect for this type of application. You pick it as you use it until it gets leggy and bolts, rip it out and reseed. in about 3 weeks you have spinach.
I know I showed you these planters but my hops have come up. I am very excited about these! Mostly because I love beer, but HEY, the plant is pretty too!
Then I have tomatoes. They really love the deck as it gets so hot in the blazing sun.
Here I have my 2 Lemon verbenas. I had these last year and over wintered them inside. They are coming back nicely, and I am going to repot later.
More marigolds and something I use a shit ton of...thyme. I use it in everything, so I have to grow it as it gets expensive to try to buy it all the time.
Now I have to find a place to put a watermelon, and some catmint and catnip....this could prove challenging, but I will win out over my garden. This is only the beginning, as I have a whole other side of the property to deal with...and the grass is currently up to my knees and there is dog poop everywhere. *sigh*