|Dave does a little weeding, while Gabby and the girls look on (2012)|
This is only our third year of gardening. The first year was modestly successful, in that we actually got a few things to grow - not bad for beginners. We learned some lessons and last summer was much more productive. The second garden taught us additional lessons: Rabbits will eat your entire pea crop unless you build a fence. The pepper varieties we planted (twice) and that never showed so much as a sprout, are obviously not suitable for our climate/soil. Okra grows profusely, but it's all still in the freezer because we only like it deep fried and we've given up most fried foods. And 36 tomato plants is excessive for two people - one of whom doesn't care for tomatoes.
We also have plans for other areas of the yard:
|photos from Gurneys.com|
Raspberries will be planted along the pasture fence, Fragrant Cloud honeysuckle will adorn the trellis on the north end of the house, and a Nugget hops vine will make it's way up the side of the old chicken coop. The hops is mostly for looks and curiosity, but Dave might even try a home brew.
The flower beds will have the usual marigolds, petunias and geraniums, as well as some new wildflowers, a replanting of the hollyhocks killed by drought last year (thank heaven I saved some seed), and the most exciting new addition - Strawberry Blonde and Chianti sunflowers.
|Images from Burpee. com|
We buy most of our garden seed and bedding plants locally, so it remains to be seen if we lose control when we get there and try something new, but that's the plan for now. What's in your garden dreams?