Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Then Byron dug a foundation out. The first layer of stones is buried about 2/3rds. Next Byron stacked three more layers and put a one foot decorative/draining ring of river pebbles along the perimeter.
Drippy yummy melted crunchy marshmallows coming up!
See the vine in the back? It is a bushel gourd vine. There are four gourds so far, gaining weight faster than I thought possible.
It really is a young garden. Katrina happened over five years ago. At that point everything was wiped out and we had to start the garden all over again. There were several oaks, four pecans, two crepe myrtles, and all of the old pears. So for all intents and purposes this garden began just about when my blog began.
In two weeks the Federated Council of New Orlean's Garden Clubs is having their annual Founder's Day Tea at my garden. I must say I am a bit nervous. Hopefully they will enjoy the beauty that is there and see my vision for the future.
I am making "signage" for the garden explaining what is planted in each bed. They will perch on top of bamboo stakes.
This year there are four varieties I'm trying. One from Wholefoods, one that I grew successfully this year (and is storing well), and two that a friend gave me to try. Her Father is a local grower and these are the two varieties he grows (creole and elephant). The little bowl in the front contains some seed balls I made with my Sunday School Children. I'm going to throw them behind the levee and see what happens!
Friday, September 24, 2010
We just installed a new energy efficient air conditioner. Now there's all these great boxes to mulch the new side garden. In a week I'm getting in a load of pine straw mulch.
It's feast or famine. Not too long ago the yard was flooded. Now....not a drop. So the sprinklers have been kept busy lately.
Here's a pic of the bamboo trellising for the peas.
I also made two trellises from bamboo for my Lady Margaret passion vines.
This sago palm came from the backyard to fill in an empty spot. I'm trying to get the camillia behind it to recover.
A red seeded asparagus bean blossom. It's a variety of Asian long beans.
Some fresh picked long beans!
The old iron table I salvaged got a fresh new coat of paint this fall. The two chairs are going to get new bottoms soon.
"Que?! You brought me all thee whey from Santa Fe to jeest to have mee hang around on theese seelly pee-can tree?!" My Mexican frog.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The next step in my garden plan has begun. A wider side garden extends from the front garden. It already contains bananas and pomegranates, and I added a bay tree, four figs, and a Japanese plum. I'll also intersperse a couple of peaches and other crops throughout. There will be a path down the center. Each year I'll try a few things like cucumbers, Asian and European melons, and pumpkins along the edges.
Notice how crooked the edge is. Blame it on Byron's poor eyesight :-). In a reminder of how dear he was to dig it for me, I'll keep it just as it is!Look how wonderfully my windmill palm has grown this year. It seems to have doubled in size.