Photos of the vegetable patch, The Bag Lady asks. Never fear - I am obsessed with my gardens. If I'm not working in them, I am taking pictures of them. So, as things start to grow there will no doubt be pictures.
I think I am done the bulk of the work now though. There will still be weeding and watering and so on, but the planting is done. And I am tired...
Warning - what follows is many pictures of gardens. If that's not your thing, or if you are on dial-up, I apologize right now.
When we first moved into this house, 6 years ago now, there wasn't a whole lot going on in the gardens. I never would have expected to be a gardener, but having grown up in the country, a few years of living in apartments left me longing to grow things. I quickly discovered that we did not have good soil - it's pretty much sand and clay. And even more difficult, the deer eat just about everything you plant.
Eventually we put up a fence. We knew we wanted some sort of enclosure for the cats, and if we were going to do that, then I wanted to enclose at least some of the gardens as well. Last year was the first full season of having enclosed gardens and it is absolutely amazing what a difference it made.
I also put in a lot of work last spring, fixing up the beds. So things have really been transformed. Maybe that's where my obsession with photographing the garden comes from. Last spring, I took photos along the way, documenting my progress. I also wanted to keep track of what I planted where, and what time of the year certain things would start to grow, bloom etc. I created an online album and pestered friends and family - Look at my garden...Look what I did today...Look how things have grown!
So things were in pretty good shape this year to start with. We have a landscaping company that takes care of our lawn (because I can only do so much and Husband has zero interest in any kind of manual labour). This year we asked them to do the mulch for us, because we are hoping they would have access to a heavier mulch that the cats would be less likely to track all over the house.
The mulch was done last week, and things are now looking very nice and so far it does seem like the cats are tracking in less than they did last year. Which is nice. Because they made an awful mess last year.
This is now things are looking now...
Rhododendrons in bloom...
Out by the road. I don't really do much with this, mainly because it's such a pain to work on the side of the hill.
This side of the house seems to be the most sheltered and sunniest spot. Things grow really well here.
This is the front of the house.
My little vegetable garden.
And I have lots more, which I was going to post, but it's getting late and I'm really tired. So, I'm thinking they will have to wait - I can spread them out over the next couple of days.