Monthly Archives: May 2010
- 4×4 raised beds,
- paths a wheelbarrow wheel can navigate,
- cottage flowers I can place wherever I will linger (kitchen counter, work desk, poolside dinner table, reading chair)
- herbs/veggies I can cook while enlightenining my family’s palate
- pretty things I will enjoy since I know my times in each of these oases will be shorter than desired
AND, the wanton desire that is Mother Nature’s birthtright….
- 4′ x 4′ raised beds for individual plants
- 4′ x 9′ beds for grouped plants (cutting flowers, greens, multiples of a single variety like okra)
- 9′ x 9′ beds (or close depending on the symmetry…) for crops like corn, pumpkins, melons – things that need room
- a central, decorative herb garden of diagonal, triangular beds surroundig a bird bath for that French Potager feeling that I longed for
The beds are 4′ x 4′ for the most part so that all tending can be done without stepping on the fine soil I have been striving to build all these years.
The 4′ x 9′ beds still allow this protection while allowing a more sprawling plant its needed space.
The 9′ x 9’+ beds do get walked on, but not frequently since it is hard to get through corn stalks and pumpkin vines, and there is little need until it is time to harvest – at which point the soil is dry and less susceptible to damage. The clay we have here in southern Ohio is far more damaged in spring when wet – this is the time to stay OFF.
With that in mind, I still haven’t tilled, sewn seeds, or planted, and I just know it will be next weekend or the following until I do get in. I just can’t seem to beat this schedule. But, by then, the soil will be warm, and the tomatoes, if they had gone in earlier, with the recent cool nights and sogging rains, would still have to play catch up.
To tolerate this late start, I do grow herbs I can’t wait for – ANY LONGER – in pots on my deck, and I will also sneak off to support the local farmer’s markets too.
Visit www.localharvest.org if you need to do the same!
- Clematis – three varieties were planted to wrap my lamppost (another romantic notion…) but only one really won; I had hoped that I would have a spring, summer and fall flowering variety but Fall Clematis took over – silly me to not research its invasiveness before adopting
- More Clematis is planted around the deck but while these plants likes cool roots (good to grow something around it to "mulch" it), it needs more sun than I can provide under a maple tree that is probably as old as the house… I get a little burst of a few flowers each year, but not the raging overgrowth I so desire
- Morning Glories – annuals to be added to the trellises that support my perennial Trumpet Vines at the entrance to Big garden
- Cardinal Flower – something I have tried to "start" for years – finally got one of five seeds to sprout; now to find it a home that Donny won’t fuss about
- Trumpet Flowers – but, I have written about that love/hate relationship before…(not that I would take the originals out – I just have to keep them under control…)
- Beans – I found a Long Bean variety that is actually Asian and they grow to 18+ inches quickly. Yummo and so much easier to clean – snap off two ends and then but into 3 or 4 long beans for about 1/3 to 1/4 the work… Stir fry with soy sauce or check my recipe section for another treatment.
If I could, I would love to add a little pergola to the back of the front garage (where there is a small landing, 3′ x 6′ before stepping down to a path); this is the spot that I want to drape in Wisteria. So far, the idea has been vetoed – scariest reason to not do this (besides the strength of Wisteria and its reluctance to bloom effortlessly in our Zone 6…) – snakes…. More on that subject later too!