Less Noise, More Green: Rethink of the Front Garden Redo and Other Happenings

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rethink of the Front Garden Redo and Other Happenings

Bakewell Tart Squares, British Food
Bakewell Tart Squares

Last weekend almost felt like Spring, here in Rhode Island. I took advantage of the weather and dug up all the remaining hostas in the front yard. It only took me five hours. Let me tell you, those plants did not want to come out!! I also removed a dead hydrangea and an invasive barberry. Lots of work still remains though, including pruning and the removal of a yew tree to make room for two elderberry bushes.









Before (last summer)


  The bed on the left will have peas and then pumpkins.


After.

My husband and I (I sound like the Queen) spent some time thinking about our plans for the front. In the end we decided to rethink the original design I posted here. Gone is the tree and pumpkin patch. Instead, we will dig up all the grass and plant a free form garden, consisting of a mix of perennial and annual edible plants. I'll plant the pumpkins in the side bed, where they can climb up the teepees once the peas are over.

I am very excited about this redesign. It leaves lots of room for experimentation, is a place for me to plant the excess vegetable plants I always grow and is much more in line with my original idea of an edible landscaping project.  All we need now is consistent weather so we can turn the soil and add compost.

Another storm is forecast for the middle of the week, dropping more snow. I had planned to start planting outside next weekend. It's not looking good! I fear we are looking at a non existent spring, going straight into summer heat.

Egplant seedlings, grow lights
Eggplant seedlings growing on a heat mat.

Sage Seedling, grow lights
Sage and rosemary

Black Eyed Susan Seedlings, grow lights
Black Eyed Susans

Leek Seedlings, grow lights
Leeks
Inside, I continue to plant seeds and pot growing seedlings. Some of my broccoli, cabbage and geraniums are out of their starter cells now and with a little squirt of fish emulsion, are happy in their larger homes.





Peppers, eggplant, sage, thyme, rosemary, bee balm, Black-Eyed Susans and leeks are all not far behind. I'm on my second try to germinate lavender. Any tips from any successful growers out there?

Finally, I made a decent Bakewell Tart this weekend, baking it in an eight inch square pan and cutting it into squares. I put short crust pastry just on the bottom of the pan to create uniform treats. You can find the recipe I used  at  BBC Food. Delicious!!! I used icing, but not the sliced almonds on top because Computer Boy doesn't like them. What we do for our kids!

So, it looks like another frustrating gardening week lies ahead. Maybe the storm will pass us by - lets cross our fingers! Are you planting outside yet?

Sue








11 comments:

  1. The work changed into very thoughtfully achieved and you could tell how thorough and professional the task becomes.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Perfect length and weight for someone learning how to throw knives. After hundreds of throws, the tips finally needed resharpening. More misses than sticks into a hard wood target and they never bent get started. Highly recommended.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The team’s ability to manage complex inputs with discipline and creativity allows them to meet high standards. brand consulting firms

    ReplyDelete
  4. A garden building is a wonderful and comfortable place for your friends and relatives to fulfill and relax. What is far more, all your backyard buildings can be used almost anything but the most widespread uses are to be a guest room, lounge, garden office, wooden garage or summer house.  Spring Flower Gardening

    ReplyDelete
  5. will lime hurt chickens Great survey, I'm sure you're getting a great response.

    ReplyDelete
  6. A wide range of methods to use the tree value calculatorhave been used in previous CSI projects, such as methods that examine coupled environmental and economic benefits in property value.

    ReplyDelete
  7. When you hear of growing vegetables I'm sure you will right away think of a growing garden vegetables plot. But do you know that you can also grow vegetables in containers? If you have limited space or living in a condominium unit or an apartment but would like to eat freshly harvested vegetables then container gardening is the answer. Here are tips on how to grow container gardening vegetables which you can enjoy and harvest fresh for your meals.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Impressive web site, Distinguished feedback that I can tackle. Im moving forward and may apply to my current job as a pet sitter, which is very enjoyable, but I need to additional expand. Regards. lawn enforcement lawn care

    ReplyDelete
  9. Get Shifting/Relocation Quotation from ###Packers and Movers Delhi. Packers and Movers Delhi 100% Affordable and Reliable ***Household Shifting Services. Compare Transportation Charges and Save Time, Verified and Trusted Packers and Movers in Delhi, Cheap and Safe Local, Domestic House Shifting @ Packers and Movers Delhi

    ReplyDelete
  10. https://www.floraindia.com/flower-delivery/delhi.html There are many educational games for the Nintendo DS. From subject-specific games to all-in-one generalized teachers, from IQ-testing to barely-educational, Nintendo's catalog of educational DS games is a sprawling list. How does a parent make heads or tails of such a wide variety? How can a parent choose a learning game to fit a child's needs? Well, we're here to help.

    ReplyDelete
  11. https://www.visualaidscentre.com/lasik-surgery-in-gurgaon/ Many people don't fully understand the details of LASIK eye surgery, even those who are undergoing or about to undergo the procedure. Don't be someone who waits until afterwards to discover the things you should have known beforehand.

    ReplyDelete