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Coming together

This weekend I had two full days to really focus on the yard, and I made the most of it. With the intermittent help of several others over the course of the weekend, I got both easement planter boxes filled with compost and soil, cleaned up and weeded the alley, got the stump pulled from the conifer thing we took out last year, finished leveling the railroad ties for the terraced area of the yard, and got most of the front yard backfilled.

Tina's grabbing another load of compost on Tuesday, so we should be able to get the third planter bed in the alley filled before the last frost date. I still have to clean up and mow the backyard, get and spread wood chips, and figure out what we're planting in the front yard, but it's really starting to come together. It's hard to believe that this time last year, I didn't feel like I had a clue what I was doing growing plants, and our yard was ugly as all get out. Now we have a retaining wall and terrace and three planter boxes we built ourselves. I'm making a big effort to grow a significant amount of vegetables this year.

Last year, really the only food crops I grew were some tomatoes and broccoli. This year, we've already have lettuce, arugula, mustard greens, sunflower, dill, red onion and beet in the ground, and tomato, fenugreek, bell pepper, okra, artichoke, pot marigold, mint, lavender, spinach, basil, thyme, and parsley sprouting for when it gets a bit warmer. That's not taking into account the summer squash, zucchini, and peas we have waiting to plant directly in the bed once we're past final frost date.

In addition to the edibles, we got a black cherry fuschia and a (I think?) night owl climbing rose. I also repotted the ficus and one of the tropical plants Rachel gave me last year that I've forgotten the name of. Oh, and I finally planted some of the spaces in the retaining wall! I put in some rockfoil, creeping red thyme, sedum, and Scottish moss. The Scottish moss looks especially nice, with it's bright lime green against the red lava rocks. I really hope they take and start to fill in this season!

Whew! Writing it all down, this was quite the weekend! I'm so glad I got a chance to do this! I'll have to take some pictures in the next few days to really capture where it is now.

Crops mentioned in this post

lettuce
Lactuca sativa
lifespan 106 days
arugula
Eruca sativa
lifespan 96 days
mustard greens
Brassica juncea
sunflower
Helianthus annuus
lifespan 98 days
dill
Anethum graveolens
lifespan 116 days
onion
Allium cepa
lifespan 210 days
beet
Beta vulgaris
lifespan 183 days
tomato
Solanum lycopersicum
lifespan 146 days
fenugreek
Trigonella foenum-graecum
lifespan 122 days
bell pepper
capsicum annuum
lifespan 238 days
okra
Abelmoschus esculentus
artichoke
Cynara cardunculus
pot marigold
Calendula officinalis
mint
Mentha spicata
lavender
Lavandula spp.
spinach
Spinacia oleracea
lifespan 112 days
basil
Ocimum basilicum
lifespan 139 days
thyme
Thymus mongolicus
parsley
Petroselinum hortense
lifespan 174 days
zucchini
Cucurbita pepo.
lifespan 113 days

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Posted by maco on March 31, 2015 at 15:43

Wow, you've been busy!

Last week, I got a tree and a bush planted in my front garden "weed pit," and I started seeds for the veggies. This weekend was so cold I just huddled inside, though.