Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tales from my Garden 2011

I am pleased to bring back my gardening adventures with a whole new space to fill up.  My gardening square footage has increased and hopefully my outcomes will prove more successful this season.  After blessing seeds for Imbolc I am trying to promptly get them into pots and the ground.  But first things first, I cleared out the front plot and am trying to plan the layout.

The back area against the house will have river stones since we were discouraged from planting anything closer than 18 inches from the foundation (due to Carpenter ants).

I pulled apart a humongous Hosta and planted parts of it at the rear.  They are hearty and love shade or part sun.  Only the first 4 to 5 feet of the garden gets direct sun. 

My plans for herbs are growing Lavender, Basil and Calendula from seed.  If I purchase some seedlings as well parsley is the only definite so far.  I've been consulting A Place in the Rain: Designing the West Coast Garden and of course Internet sources.  I think I may also reference Sugar Snaps and Strawberries: Simple Solutions for Creating Your Own Small-Space Edible Garden once I return from a vacation to Quebec in two weeks.

And as for my other edible plans my heat drenched south facing balcony is going to house some Heirloom tomatoes and is currently germinating some green peas.  I'm also going to attempt some squash and green peppers.  Ambitious you say?  Well, yes it is.  But it's all about trial and error and finding out what works in our new home.  I'll certainly be busy this summer but for me it's a fun busy when it comes to playing in the dirt!

1 comment:

Meganne said...

I hope you have luck with your peas! So far mine have been giving me fits since I planted them later than I should have. The unseasonably warm weather last week here caused them to stop growing. Now it's cooler and they're growing again.

Keep us updated, please. I love garden porn. ;)