Cedar run

Gardens

Karen loves to play in dirt. Moving from a city realm to the country with vastly different soil, much more land, and many sun-shade transitions presented a whole new set of challenges. Even before we moved in, we started our orchard of apple, peach, nectarine, pear, fig, and pomegranate trees.     

 

Garden BedAutumn 2007, we sectioned off a 32 by 24 foot garden area for vegetables. Despite the weather and the first year of gardening very abused land, we had okra, beans, tomatoes, peppers, canteloupe, and even a watermelon. Did we mention we even had chickens in the garden. While they certainly love their bugs and grubs, nice ripe red tomatoes are equally enticing. So, between the chickens and weeds that found extensive landscape fabric nothing more than a minor annoyance, we decided some changes were in order. In Summer 2008 we changed to raised beds with amended soil, gravel walkways, and a poultry-proof fence with gate. Notice Oprah having one last hurrah.

 

Raised Beds

On the East side of the property we established a series of raised beds. This is the berry patch with one bed each for blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries. As part of the observatory project we trenched in irrigation plumbing to the gardens so each raised bed has its own hose bib for connecting a soaker hose. This allows us to be conservative and eliminates having to drag heavy hoses around. You can see some of the orchard in their late winter slumber as well as the bird netting over the blueberries. Since our local feathered friends do not understand the consequences of coming between Karen and her blueberries, the netting is "for their own protection". Karen's confiscation of blueberries meant Andy could joyfully claim exclusive rights to his favorite--raspberries.

 

AsparagusIn the main veggie garden, we put in some aparagus that have taken hold very well. The first Fall, we let them go to fern so as to get established but they have certainly been providing mucho asparagus every April--enough to freeze the excess.

 

 

Herb Bed

One consequence of having to clear trees but not wanting to tear the soil up any more than we have to is stumps--some of them rather large. In the front field we have two that even enzymes and liberal amounts of diesel fuel and a match did not take down. The solution: June 2009, recycle some old lumber, hold it in with rebar and make an herb and bulb garden. Merlin has discovered the cat mint so that plant is usually somewhat flattened as he rolls in it and turns into our resident stoner. As you can see no stumps visible, only a lush bed of flowers.

 

Peach BudsIn Spring 2010 we have gotten fruit on our trees. Although Karen has thinned over 3/4 of it from the limbs, we got a bumper crop of peaches, plenty of figs, a few pears, and a small crop of apples (Red and Golden Delicious). We are pleased by this, our first orchard crop.

 

 

Here are some of the irises, and our Don Juan rose that bloomed in April 2008

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BlackberriesVeggie Garden

 

In July 2010 the gardens have grown up quite a bit and we are munching down on peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, garlic, onions, and cucumbers. Eggplant is on its way.