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Tour of Our Garden

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This weekend my mom and I spent a good deal of time working on the “Family Allotment“, so I believe it’s high time for a garden tour.  I should say beforehand, though, that our garden is quite a bit behind most of yours for a couple of reasons:  1.  The weather in the northwest has been atrocious this spring, and we are only now warm enough to plant a lot of crops out, and 2.  Even if we could have planted earlier, my parents had to do some major work in the backyard over the last 6 months to keep their house from (very slowly) falling down a hill – so the backyard was unplantable until very recently.  Those are my excuses, and I’m sticking to them!

Pile Driver

The gigantic pile driver digging 18 feet down into the ground,

to stabilize the house and yard

As a part of the backyard transformation, my mother had some old cedars cut down.  In general, I am not a fan of cutting trees, but these trees were not only ugly, they were also damaging the house and making the soil so acidic and shaded that very little else would grow.  Can you believe that not one of us took a “before” picture?  Here is the closest I can find:

June 21, 2008

June 2008:  If you click to enlarge the picture,

you can see 1 of the 4 cedars in the background (to the left),

as well as the large crack in the concrete from the backyard slowly falling down the hill!

In place of the cedars, we planted a fruit garden:  10 blueberry bushes, which will get about 10 feet tall each, plus tayberries, raspberries, salmonberries, grapes, lots of strawberries, tomatoes, and peppers.  So exciting!!

Blueberries in the evening sun

Newly planted blueberries in the evening sun

Side garden - tayberries, blueberries, bamboo, grapes, tomatoes, and peppers

Side garden – tayberries, blueberries, bamboo, grapes, tomatoes, and peppers

Side of house - salmonberries, raspberries, strawberries

Side of house – salmonberries, raspberries, strawberries

Tea, camelia sinensis

Tea, camellia sinensis

(instructions to grow these are here, if you’re interested)

We also spent a long time in the main back garden:

Squash hills:  acorn, tromboncino, and patty pan

Squash hills:  acorn, tromboncino, and patty pan;

with little cauliflowers, peppers, tomatoes, and blackberries on the left.

Left to right:  potatoes, flowers, tomatoes, peppers

Left to right:  potatoes, flowers, tomatoes, peppers;

with rhubarb and flowers in the background

Tomatoes and peppers on the left, 3 beds of potatoes on the right

Tomatoes on the left, 3 beds of potatoes on the right

Looking back the other way: broccoli and peppers on the right, potatoes and apple on the left

Looking back the other way: broccoli and peppers on the right,

potatoes and apple tree on the left

Far end:  herb pots in front, garbanzo beans, apple trees in back

Far end of the garden:  herb pots in front, 2 dwarf apple trees,

garbanzo beans (one is already large, a volunteer from last year), potatoes in back

Looks like I was getting a bit exhausted by the time I took the pictures – they aren’t particularly good, but hopefully you get a sense of the garden.

We’ve also been spending time on the front yard and the community garden p-patch.  The front yard will soon be full of herbs in addition to my mother’s ornamentals, and next time I’ll give you a quick tour of our p-patch plot!  I hope your garden is growing well.

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