Monthly Archives: June 2015

Vegetable Oasis

My original garden plan evolved, and I wanted to make a note of the final beautiful product so I can prepare to rotate crops next year.

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I’ve been, as usual, surprised by how well everything has come along. From this…

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To this…

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Everything has come along beautifully. By fall we’re hoping to start killed off the grass inside the garden “grid, filling it in with mulch for now and then perhaps someday a pea gravel to give it the Old World look that Chris so admires. For now, mulch will be easier to maintain then having to pull out the push mower after mowing the rest of the yard, and the stone border will help maintain a tidy edge and tie into the rest of the yard.

We’ve been steaming snap peas for dinner at least once a week, and they are just as good off the vine as I remember from my childhood. We’ve also had plenty of huge salads from the few small lettuce leaves with which we started, and somehow it just tastes better when plucked straight from the garden.

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Snap peas, lettuce and carrots blossomed quickly in the cool May.

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Red onions and Big Boy tomatoes are divided by cheery marigolds.

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Bush beans grow among Burpee’s new hybrid container corn.

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The Finished Wall

The wall has turned out beautifully. After construction was finished,I went through and stained both sides of the untreated wood, hoping to provide a little added protection from weathering.

Next, Chis drilled an upward-angled hole in the bottom slat every five feet and inserted a small length of copper tubing to promote drainage. Inside, we filled the bottom foot all the way across with gravel for the same purpose. Finally, we added a lining of landscape fabric to keep too much dirt from filling in that gravel, while still allowing the water through.

The last step has been the most difficult: filling the 2×20 foot bed with dirt. I’ve been taking a couple wheelbarrow loads here and there from our compost pile in the front, but have emptied about as much as I can without disturbing what has suddenly turned into an unexpected pumpkin patch (my favorite type of surprise).

I’m aiming to finish the bed up shortly so that I can transplant my remaining sweet potato vines, letting them drift beautifully over the edges of the wall, as well as a host of trailing herbs ready to go wild.

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Our garden “room,”

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Future plans call for decorating this side with a collage of colorful tealight holders.

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The next step will be to add a small storage bench on this side of the garden wall.

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When looking off the porch, it’s a delight to have one corner of the yard that seems almost “finished.”