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Monday, February 18, 2008

Yardwork


Doesn't our new fencing around our garden look so quaint? The official reason for the fence is to keep Luna out, and it mostly works. But aside from the practical reasons, I just like the way it looks. Our garlic is looking lovely, and the carrots are hanging on, ready to take off just as soon as the weather warms up.

As you can see, JunkMale did an excellent job of tilling the ground and adding topsoil to even out the soil. I planted peas along the fencing inside the garden (meant to act like a trellis for the peas), but they have not yet sprouted.

This year we decided to add some more herbs to the garden, and unfortunately we have not had much success with growing plants like rosemary and lavender from seed - both plants that I really wanted to have in our backyard. So this past weekend, we went to a local nursery and bought a rosemary plant. Lavender isn't quite ready at this time of year, but we'll be on the lookout. The nursery had no other customers, so we got very individual attention. We asked the man who worked there to help us pick out the healthiest rosemary plant they had in stock. I think we did pretty well!

Also, I got very clipper-happy with our larger rosebush, our peach trees, and our butterfly bush. They all looked as though they hadn't seen pruning for years and years. The backyard looks a whole lot larger now! I am hoping that the much-needed pruning will help the peach trees put extra energy into producing fruit, and hopefully the butterfly bush will actually flower this year.

I'm so excited about our garden this year!

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  • Ron and Ginny

    Excitement helps a LOT! It gives you energy. ;-)

    Looks good. Keep up the good work.
    :-D

  • Laura

    The fencing does look lovely.

    Watch out for that rosemary, though! You might have to get clipper-happy with it eventually. ;-) Did you get creeping or upright? I can't remember which one we had back home, but it sure took over my (large) herb container...

    How are the drought restrictions these days? Sounds like you guys got some nice rain over the weekend.

  • Harmony

    We got upright rosemary. I don't have a clue what cultivar it is, though.

    We have gotten a lot of rain. Lake Allatoona is starting to look like a lake again. The water is even touching one of the docks. But even with the winter rains, as of yesterday we were still 2 inches short for the year - and that's not even considering the shortfall we have to make up from last year. :-P Fortunately, it should always be OK to use gray water in the garden.

  • Harmony's Mom

    Your garden looks very good indeed! Good luck in keeping Luna out. You are reminding me to get our garden tilled. It's about time for me to get planting again.