still renting and just had that bitty flower bed to garden in.
2x4s into the earth around the perimeter of the garden. This has been fan-foo-goo-tastic at keeping the grass from encroaching on the veggies. It was a pain in the butt, so Matt tells me, but it was worth it. A short term pain for a long term benefit.
|Matt ripped up all the sod contained by that red line in the photo above, connecting the four nearest beds with the rest of the garden.|
make our own compost we never seem to make enough of it. We thought we'd started to notice a decline in the productivity of our soil, too, so.... a few carloads of compost later and hopefully things will be better this year.
covering it before the leafminers found us though. Alas. So, we're back to eating bugs. :) Or checking the leaves super closely. That's what I meant, of course.
mini-orchard trees is actually fruiting--the Haralson apple. The others, well, they're not thriving quite as well. The three in the front yard have been mowed down repeatedly by the neighborhood deer. Matt finally had to cage one to give it a fighting chance. I joke that it looks like fruit tree Alcatraz. We planted a couple grape varieties along the front fence this year, too. We'd love to have our own grapes for fresh eating, jelly, and wine. Someday!
paired with peas (which we didn't even get planted this year because the expansion took so long...so it all worked out), but hey, new potatoes rock all by themselves. No peas required.