My garden is always changing. I started it back in 2008 with the intent of having a small garden to grow a few plants. Since then it has evolved and taken over half of the backyard.
May 2008. The original size and concept. Fence built to keep the dogs out.
June 2008. Extended the fence to keep dogs from digging into neighbors yard. Read up on the raised bed method. Implemented first raised bed.
July 2008. Extended fence line as dogs continued to aggravate neighbors dogs. Put flower bed in a far back.
February 2009. Original concept gone. Installed multiple raised beds. Installed greenhouse.
May 2009. Built arbor and new entrance to garden. Created small flower bed at side.
May 2009. Brought in a small load of mulch to suppress grass/weeds between boxes. First try at growing ‘maters in pots (massive failure)
August 2009. Quickly learned that I did not lay the mulch thick enough and used cardboard to smother weeds/grass.
February 2010. Begin building shed. It wasn’t finished when we had this massive dumping of snow. There was enough to bust out a panel in the greenhouse.
April 2010. Installed brick paver path way from free brick my parents neighbor was getting rid of.
May 2010. Garlic growing in front center. First time to grow it.
January 2011. Sometime in the fall of 2010 moved boxes at fence line closer and replaced picket fence with lattice.
March 2011. Installed rainwater collection system. Miscellaneous debris scattered about.
May 2011. Replaced lattice fence with pickets as dogs found lattice extremely easy to destroy. Rotated middle row to run north and south. First try at cabbage. It was a success.
May 2011. May showers before potato harvest.
May 2011. After potato harvest. Removal of rotten box. Dirt move accordingly. Amazingly, this was the smallest the garden (as far as workable growing space) had been in some time.
August 2011. Installed a new fence between our house and neighbor. Lots of different birds this summer. Mostly mockingbirds and bluejays, but I managed to snap this shot of a cardinal.