Apr 27, 2008

Backyard Farming


This weekend was spent working in the ol' "back forty" otherwise known as our enormous blank canvas of a yard. The fence is almost completely done now...and instead of making the yard feel smaller it actually feels bigger.

Besides watching our fence go in, we also prepared my new garden and finished the sprinkler system.

Because I'm too busy (lazy?) to start a separate garden journal to track what I planted and when, I'm planning to just record it here and then you can follow the progress too.

This is only my third garden. The first year I went a bit overboard and ended up with six separate six foot tall tomato plants among many other mammoth sized veggies. I was hauling sacks of zucchini and tomatoes to work on a daily basis. I was almost to the "knock and run" level of veggie sharing when I dug up the plants and called it the end of the growing season.

The second year I was more cautious but lost control for different reasons - I was working full time and had begun wedding photography.

This should be a good garden year. Robbie loves to be outside so it should be easy to find time to do a little watering and weeding each day. The trick is going to be keeping Robbie's dump truck, loader, rake and shovel from "helping".

Planted so far:
Red Cabbage
Sweet Peas
Ozard Beauty Strawberries
Provence Lavendar
Taragon
Sage
Onion Chive
Rosemary

To be planted:
French salad mix
Onions

Around memorial day I plan to plant some warmer weather veggies like peppers, pumpkin, watermelon, cucumber, zucchini, tomatillos.

I'm most excited about the lavender (for me) and the strawberries (to get Robbie interested).

4 comments:

Shannon said...

How cool! I can't wait to see it! I wish we were going to have more of a garden this year. The ground just isn't ready. But we did plant some corn.

Holly Reed | Reed Photographic said...

Well we did bring in almost 2 yards of BioGrass garden soil so that went a long way towards helping.

Shannon said...

I hear that stuff ROCKS! It is expensive so it better rock! You will have to let us know what you think.

marisa said...

Wow, that is awesome. I will gladly take any extra veggies you get.