For months now, readers have been asking for a picture of our garden. Sorry it has taken me so long, but better late than never. Across the front, the beds are filled with greens, beets, beans, peas, peppers, watermelons (we ate the first one yesterday – it was awesome!), and herbs. The back row of framed beds has greens, onions, carrots and more greens. You can see the patch of corn at the back left, and the beds with tomatoes are on the far left and the back middle, with wire fencing in them to support the vines. Our potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are on the far right towards the back (behind the scarecrow). There is a giant volunteer sunflower in the middle bed in the front row. It didn’t start to get huge until the beans were mostly gone, and it’s pretty, so we let it stay. In all, there are 27 veggie beds, all dug by hand to a depth of about 18 – 24 inches and augmented with lots of compost. The orchard is off to the left and the berry patch is off to the right. You can see a bit of the orchard in the picture, but not the berry patch. In the bottom right corner is a blueberry bush, planted in a giant planter that we sunk into the ground. Blueberries need very acidic soil, and our soil is alkaline. So we filled the planter with peat moss and compost and buried it, to give the blueberry bush it’s own little acidic oasis.
When we moved in, the backyard was nothing but weeds. My husband planted the grass from seed, and has tended to it ever since (no chemicals – everything in our yard is organic). With the lawn in the foreground of the picture, it looks much bigger than it is. In reality, we have a relatively small patch of grass and the majority of the yard is devoted to the orchard, berry patch, and veggie beds. But when I tried to get closer to the garden with the camera, I couldn’t fit the whole thing in the picture.