Over these last few months we have carved a little homestead space into our backyard. Joe cut down a few trees and a mountain of brush. We learned how to run an industrial chipper we rented for the afternoon...that was something! It's been an amazingly huge project.... one that we are excited to see the fruits of as the leaves fill in again and the forest wakes up. Everything is just beginning to green up and fill in and we're happy to see that we opened up the canopy enough to to let the shine on our little garden.... but that we still feel like we live in the woods. (plus, knock on wood, we seem to have less ticks this spring!)
*June 2013* (last summer's view from the porch.... look at the muscles on that lumberjack, ahem.)
*May 2013* (the guys are standing right where the garden is in the picture above this one)
This spring we planted 4 blueberry bushes, 6 blackberry bushes, 5 raspberry bushes, 3 grapevines, 1 plum tree, and 6 apple trees. We read about a technique where you plant three apple trees in a tripod close together, you keep the center well pruned for good ventilation. This is supposed to be ideal for small spaces. We'll see!
I started nasturtium, sweet peas, lettuce, greens, herbs, peas, beans, nettle, lemon balm, flowers, squash, melon, kohlrabi, beets, radish, spinach, cilantro, dill, savory, chives, sage, parsley, cauliflower, and collards over the last 2 weeks. My mint came back from last year and I moved it into the garden. (left in her pot so she doesn't take over the place.)
I used salvaged limbs to make odd shaped beds around the edge of the fencing where I planted nasturtium, sweet peas, and herbs.... my hope is that the nasturtium and sweet peas will climb all over the fence and the herbs will deter hungry critters.
Soon the tomatoes & peppers will be heading out there...... and I can't wait for fresh peas.
Tell me, what's going on in your garden?