Likely we'll be planting a little late this year. The rains came in the fall before we finished preparing our garden site. We have to wait for the ground to dry up so we can finish the tractor work. The front settled a bit during the winter, as we expected. Jeff will get on his tractor and build it back up before we add amendments to our thick, clay soil and build the raised garden beds.
What we did in the fall was to cut into the bank that sloped up in the back of the house, bringing that dirt around to the front to build up a flat area in the front. I'm going to go dig up pictures to show you…
The back…. and the front…
I'm looking through seed catalogs, trying to pick out what we'll plant. We have more room for planting than ever before and we want it full of growth.
I'd like to have a whole area for herbs. I don't know much about herbs, except that that I like them. We drink quite a few in tea. Wouldn't it be nice to grow and dry our own?
I have a little $6 book that I bought a few years ago. I haven't implemented anything in it yet, but I think this is the year. The book is “Growing Medicinal Herbs in as Little as Fifty Square Feet — Uses and Recipes” by Louisa Lenz-Porter.
“How to grow most of one person’s medicinal herbs in as little as 50 square feet. Twenty-four common, easily grown herbs are described in depth, and can form the basis of your herbal “medicine cabinet.” Cultivation instructions, recipes, and a bibliography provide an easy approach to this enjoyable horticultural activity. A sample 50-square-foot bed is presented with suggestions for personal modifications.”
The author includes one possible layout for a 50-square foot bed full of the 24 common, easily grown herbs. I wish I could show you the black and white drawing because it is inspiring. I long for May to put it all in the ground.
We've had one successful garden; that was in 2005 when we lived in California. It was gorgeous and full. Here is a picture of one of the beds (June 2005)…
Sadly, we left the harvest behind when we moved here to the Pacific Northwest. Last year's garden was a miserable failure –not entirely surprising given the temporary nature of it. I have high hopes for this year's garden. 30 minutes away is an organic garden & nursery where I hope to get many of my plants. I won't be starting any plants from seed this year, unless… I am thinking about using our temporary garden site from last year as seed starting beds. I'll have to wait for the weather to warm up, though.
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