My new infatuation is–the garden. Totally organic, a square foot garden. The Number One S0n (in age/arrival) built the first raised bed frame for me.
Then the Resident Storm Chaser took over and added two more. This required the judicious carnage that resulted in removing about 1/3 of Audrey II, the rose bush that grew to encompass the entire sunny area of our back yard in ten short years. You can see where the foliage is missing and her bare limbs are exposed. Naughty girl.
I misjudged what could be planted effectively in a square foot and what could not, so I am also using big plastic pots to grow the things that otherwise would sprawl too wide and take up too much room–squash and tomatoes and one pot of potatoes. (One entire raised bed has been devoted to potatoes, as well. It’s a couple of inches deeper–12 instead of 10–and is behind the planted bed in hte picture. Note roses sprawling over it.
Yesterday I decided to take a picture with my MacBook. It’s not sharp, but it gives you the general idea of the state of the garden on March 27.
Note Audrey II, still hogging more than her share of the sun and space, the tart. There will be more about her in a later entry.
For the record, we’ve eaten numerous salads out of the garden–the joy of planting bedding plants instead of seeds is “instant salad.” I minced up various herbs to sprinkle over the top and we didn’t even add dressing.
I will not post images of me modeling the requisite fashion sensibilities of organic gardening. But you can imagine it. Sunscreen, chicken manure, cotton burr compost and sweat. Jeans, t-shirt, wide-brimmed hat.
Okay, okay, you win. Here I am!
How does YOUR garden grow?
[This is cross-posted onto my “infatuation du jour” page. Also, now that I’ve built these square foot gardens, I have actually decided to read the Square Foot Garden book and see what I’ve done wrong. Go me!]