Thursday, April 9, 2009

I've Got The Bug

The gardening bug.
Since moving to our little "farmette" two years ago, I've only had two small raised beds that were home to a few tomato plants, some green beans, and some peppers. Last year I planted some eggplant - that very handsome yet tasteless plant that served as a medium to transfer garlic and parmesan to my mouth. I don't think I'll grow any more eggplant, but I'll continue eating the garlic and parmesan.

I have plans to build a few more raised beds this weekend and start thinking about what veggies are gonna go where. There's an area on the south end of the house that will be a perfect spot. The fence and the house come together in an "L" and it's a pain to mow, so I'm just gonna claim that area as the new garden. There's a hose spigot on that end, and I'd like to tap into the downspout and put in a rain barrel. Also in the plans is a two-tiered potting bench that will double as a cold frame for my pepper plants.

We had a nice veggie garden at our last house. It was work, but rewarding work. The original garden was 50' x 100', but had gone to the pickers as the previous owners were elderly and couldn't care for it for a few years. The weeds and growth were over four feet tall, and the ground was as hard as a rock from the many years of added lime. After several weekends of hard work we got all the weeds out, cut the veggie patch down to 30' x 30', and seeded the rest into lawn. That eventually got trimmed down to 16' x 16' with raised beds and wood chipped paths.
That's my intent for the new garden. Same idea, but some minor changes to keep thing interesting. I'll take pics of my progress and post them on the blog.


cowgirljlynn said...

Beautiful yard! I love to work in my flower beds also, but don"t have much room.

Cedar View Paint Horses said...

I'm afraid that nice yard is no more. We sold our house to some folks that didn't share our knack for gardening. I'm still tempted to sneak back in the night and dig up some of our favorites.

CTG Ponies said...

Your former garden was lovely. Can't wait to see what you come up with this year at the new place.

Maybe we should start a seed/bulb exchange...

Aunt Krissy said...

My dog will also send me some love wind ( other post ) I really like it when she comes up to me and burps in my face after eating dog food.

I like your garden bed. I am making mine bigger this year. Last year was really my first garden and was not sure what I wanted. I do know that eggplant is NOT one that I will plant!