It seems like such a long time since we've chatted.
A whole month of popping in here and leaving a brief little post & photo. It was a fun project, a break from writing the blog and fueled my creativity a bit too. All good stuff.
So what's new?
Let's see…… the driveway is full, FULL of plants. Everything that lived in the backyard has been relocated to the driveway. At the top of our driveway we get full sun. Unlike the backyard….. which I have been fighting with for two full years. I do love that the old oak shades the house from the harsh south sun….. but it turns out kale & chard are not as grateful. Please spare me the story telling of my beet growing success. Or, more accurately, the lack thereof. So after voicing my suburban gardener woes to the sweetest dread locked hippie at the farmer's market….. who by the way had the most epic basket of siberian kale….. he said to me "do you have a big tree or something in your yard?"
Uhm, yeah. Bingo. Essentially my backyard is a tree. And heat does not equal sunshine. At least not to plants anyway…..
And so operation relocation was put into action….. I had lots of good helpers…..
The driveway is now full of potted plants, raised beds and I am quickly running out of room…… my seed starting went so well. Aside from a few ancient seed packets of flowers and the stubborn eggplant….. everything is growing strong. Even peppers…. I actually sprouted peppers! I did make sure to add a good amount of composted chicken poo & backyard compost to my soil before planting, but I have never had so many of my seeds do so well. (Thank You Fedco!) I'll be giving away some heirloom tomatoes to friends very soon…. because somehow I think I might not have room for the two dozen that I planted.
Aside from my herbs that wintered over & six heirloom tomatoes I purchased from the garden center, everything else has been started by seed. Our impromptu greenhouse was a huge success. Yes, it is a sliding glass door!
So far we've got musk melon, seedless cucumbers, yellow & green zucchini, 5 varieties of tomatoes, peppers, husk cherries, dill, basil, cilantro, parsley, and two tiny hard to please eggplant seedlings. Peas & beans should be sprouting up through the soil any day and we're getting some green leafy stuff planted this afternoon. From last year we have 3 varieties of mint, lemon balm, oregano, thyme, rosemary and strawberries…. all of which have perked up and greened up and grown immensely since their move to the driveway.
Lately guests to the house have walked under the carport to the side door and upon arrival to the vastly growing suburban garden give a wide eyed "woah……" Sam's friends are careful to park their bike a safe distance from my green babies and no doubt think I'm a little nutty…. this is what happens when you read Farm City. Which I can fully blame on my friend Theresa up in Minnesota.
Now if I could just find a corner for some chickens…. or rabbits…. or…..