Sunday, October 30, 2011
I took my trusty bulb planter, gloves, and the box of bulbs out to the front fence to figure out how I was going to design this garden. My goal for the front is to have perennial flowers that I would plant this one time and then they would come back every year. This is actually a goal of much of the planting we have done or will be doing - some long term perennials that we can use as a foundation, and then the annual crops that would need to be planted each year. With a mixture of plants for beauty, herbs, medicinal and food.
When I read the packages of each of the types of flowers, I realized that this wasn’t exactly an easy bed to plant. The depths ranged from 3 – 6 inches deep – depending on the bulb. So I took off the landscaping cloth and uncovered the bed, and bag by bag – laid out the bulbs in a pattern based on size and if they should be grouped together, etc.
It took about an hour to lay them out – and then a couple more hours to dig each individually. I wanted to be sure they were carefully and deliberately placed where they would look best. I also tried to visualize the heights of each of the flowers and the times they would be in bloom.
Many of them are early spring bloomers – so they will be the first color of the new season of growth. Some will not bloom until late Spring / early Summer.
The result? The bed doesn’t look any different at all from when I started. But, I know it’s different. We did put a nice fence along the bed to keep Pippin out and define the area for mowing, etc. in the Spring.
With that bed done – I was still looking at 50 blubs in a “Mountain Bells Mix”. I decided – with the size of the bulbs being fairly small, I would make a second bed on the other side of the front walk. This went quicker because I could dig down 3 inches, lay out the bulbs and then cover them with dirt.
Lastly, I had a bag of 50 Golden Bell Daffodils. I planted 10 of them in the larger bed and decided to plant the rest around the Mums on each side of the front stairs and then along the bushes in front of the house.
I saved 10 to plant in a container next weekend.
So all in all – it’s a very strange feeling to know that 190 flowers are planted and waiting to grow in the Spring.
As I grabbed the shovel, gloves, etc . to bring into the shed, the snow started.
Close call. The snow didn’t stop until we had a foot! In October!
I am so happy to have finished this project and the Jerusalem Artichokes before this snow!!
A list of what I planted:
(late Spring to Early Summer)
10 Giant Crocus
12 Dutch Iris Mix
20 hyacinth Blue Grape
10 Early Stardrift
8 Giant Daffodils
20 Alpine Rosy Bells
10 King Edward Tulip
pink, gold, white mix
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
To build beds, plant seeds (in August) and see what would happen.
The beds are for vegetables in the Spring. We didn't have any intention of planting this year, but decided on a small experiment in one of the beds of carrots, lettuce, green beans and peas.
The peas did not produce much, and we replanted the seeds we did get into the area around the riverbed today.
The lettuce has been delicious. Not a huge producer either, because of the end of the Summer start. But, the kind - Heirloom Oak Leaf - is going to be a main planting in the Spring.
The green beans, with only a few plants, have done well.
So, our little experiment went well.
We are still waiting to see how the carrots do!
So we stood in the rain one day and watched where the water flowed.
This space is not used for anything else, and seems to have clay only a few inches down, it looked like a good place to have a river bed.
We marked the river, and placed the logs of our "fallen tree". We wanted it to look and be natural.
We awoke the worms...
"We have worm sign the likes of which even God has never seen."
After a couple of test runs and adding some rocks, we have the problem solved and the beginning of a beautiful area of the yard. We will be adding more river rock and plants. Keeping this area as a natural area, we hope to attract predators for the garden pests that will show up in Spring when we plant our vegetable and flower gardens.
The ideas we used for creating this area are based on what we have been reading and watching about Permaculture.
The test! Rained like crazy for many hours today...
And we have water directed where we wanted it to go!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
over trees the color of fire
wind blown leaves circle
and whisper to me
A song i had forgotten
lifts me off my feet
I sing the song of Autumn.
The coffee is hot and steaming, we are listening to a 78 on our portable phonograph and I can't help but feel like a little kid in this gigantic fort with all of my favorite things. Tonight, we rest and enjoy the hearth, because tomorrow is an early day with work outside to prepare for the Winter.
Now Playing: Ferrante & Teicher: Caravan