Saturday, June 13, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow..

We spent the day working in our backyard at my house today...and I'm flat out tired. To begin with many of the plants and trees needed a little trimming and shaping...
The grapes look like they are doing just fine on their own. We have one Thompson seedless vine and one concord grape vine. Last summer we had lots of concord grapes, but something happened to the Thompsons before they matured, so with so many on the vines this year we are holding out hopes for a bumper crop.
As you can see, our cat is curiously sitting on the fence overlooking this next little project. I've really never had a vegetable garden---didn't really want to 'mess up' the landscaping. This year I read about "square foot gardening' and decided we just had to give it a try.

I found a little corner of the back yard behind the lambs ear and society garlic where I could hide my little experiment. This is a very clever style of veggie garden that only uses a 4X4 foot space. They claim it uses less space, less water, less plants--20% of the space and 5 times the yield of a standard vegetable garden, so I couldn't resist trying it out. I especially like the no weeding part and small space it uses. Besides, in California, where we are rationing water, it's water efficiency was also a big I'll let you know how my garden grows with updates this summer!

Oh well, here are 5 tomato plants hiding behind the grape arbor, not part of my square foot garden. We have 6 plants here with 3 varieties---I'm soooo hoping I have oodles of tomatoes later this summer---nothing is more delicious than a tomato fresh off the vine with a little salt and eaten like an apple.
Yep, I'm going for my own little garden of Eden this summer...I'll let you know how it goes!


Elizabeth said...

Good luck! You'll have to share the details of your bountiful crop with us!

Rickie said...

Thanks Beth...I'll update as things grow (and hopefully the bunnies and snails stay away long enough to have a crop!)