Saturday, October 16, 2010

In the beginning....

There was dirt! A lot of dirt and nothing else except a few weeds. The first year (2004) was spent getting the fence up and making a plan.  A plan that was flawed and that changed several times and now seven years later is still changing and is still flawed.  Isn't that the addiction that is our gardens!

Our second spring (2005) in our home, we got to work on our yard putting in some structures that would provide homes for our trees and produce.

Flaw #1: Our garden location.  We put this on the East side of our yard which means the sun shades the few feet by the fence from the ever so valuable morning sun. This garden plot is 24 feet long by 16 feet deep.
Down the road (in 2010) we try Straw Bale Gardening against the fence to help overcome the shade problem. I will link to that post when it is up to let you know how it worked!
Major success #1:  Our tomato planter!  We placed this against the back wall of our garage which faces directly South. This planter receives full sun, amplified by the reflection of the garage wall, from sunrise to sunset. Perfect! This planter is about 14 feet long and 3 feet deep and houses about 18 - 20 tomato plants.
I couldn't even wait until my dear hubby was finished it to get my tomatoes in.
The very first trees put in our yard - 6 Swedish Aspens, 1 Shubert Chokecherry, 1 Autumn Magic Chokecherry, 2 Highbush Cranberry, 4 Blueberries (now gone), 1 President Lincoln Lilac (now gone)
I can not find any pictures of our yard that fall, but I do remember planting more trees that year and we did get that garden turned, tilled, and planted in May.  We had a nice harvest that year and I canned up some pickles and veggies.

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