Watch My Garden Growing

My gardening attempts in a new environment.

Here is what has taken place since last Sunday

Doesn’t look like much but I expect by this time next week we will have more babies poking their heads out!Peas, lettuce, spinach, nasturtiums, marigolds, radishes, beets, bulbs.

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Here are a few images of the backyard. Pretty messy! We are raking out from under 10 years of leaf matter!

One of the numerous beds:           


This is the bed created when a new french drain was installed next to the small brick retaining wall on the right. They dug a 2-foot wide hole that extends down the side of the house and about 10 feet past the back door. The trench is filled with gravel to allow for drainage. We covered the gravel with landscaping fabric to keep the soil from filtering down. We also had to place wood (4x4s) at the ends and one in the middle because the retaining wall is terraced. So, we have two beds, one with only a few inches of soil and one with about 6 inches of soil. They are a mix between top soil and peat moss. I have some veggies with shallow roots in now. Lettuce, spinach, peas, etc. The white you see are egg shells to put up a defense against slugs. We have many. With all the rain we have had recently the slugs have multiplied!

At 4 days some babies are poking their heads out in the radish and beets bed.


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Watch my garden growing

is an attempt to document my new gardens. I am renting an apartment in a house and the owners have given us permission to garden and landscape as they have not attempted to remediate the landscaping left by the previous owner. Thirty-something years ago a man and woman bought the proprty and built their home here. From what I have been told by neighbors the wife was a prolific gardener and the skeleton of her garden beds and paths are still visible today.
The story is, her husband became ill and she stopped tending the property. He passed away and she was older and less able to work in the rather large yard so it began to become overgrown. She sold the property about three years ago to the current owner who is a young man, not inclined to do a lot of landscaping or gardening. So, I get to play!

Watch as I work to transform the landscape from overgrown to luxurious and green – meaning useful without pesticides. I will be using edible gardening methods so we plan to eat what we plant!

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