Thursday, June 20, 2013

Our Mini Garden

The mini garden we put in this year isn't doing great.  It was a last minute decision, so we didn't do a lot of prep beyond pulling weeds, breaking the ground and throwing some compost down.  This area will need  a lot more TLC if it's going to become a permanent veggie area. 

As you can see, the grass has grown right back in and tried to take over:
We do have some things growing though.  There are tomatoes on the vine:
And peppers are producing, even though the plants aren't growing like they should:
Near by, these flowers that were already here when we moved in have been blooming.  They're gorgeous.  I'm not entirely sure what they are, I think maybe cannas?

On the other side of the yard, the fig tree we planted is very happy with its lot in life:
It's even decided to put out some fruit, which surprised me
I think the veggie area needs to be thoroughly cleared out, solarized over the winter, then treated to a heaping helping of new soil/compost before planting next year.  The previous owners had thick ground cover  all in that area and that needs to be completely removed before we can really do vegetables there. 

We have some plans for the front yard too, there is room for several fruit trees and there is a steep slope we'd like to redo completely with something that doesn't require any mowing.  I'd love something really low maintenance and/or edible.  Mint and rosemary surrounded by a ground cover of sweet potato vines or something.  By the time we actually closed on the house, made it through the job switch and settled into our new budget, it was just too late in the year to do a whole lot there.  We've started some redecorating projects on the inside (where it's air conditioned) instead.  Heavy yard work will probably wait until fall.

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