Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Garden Tour

I love to visit gardens! Formal gardens are great fun but friend's gardens are even better! If I come to your house, I may do a detour around the flower beds before I make it to the front door!

I thought I'd give you a little tour of our place! So come on over! I just hope the photos are small enough that you can't see the weeds!
Welcome to our little place we call Thistleberry Hollow! We seem to have an abundance of both berries and thistles! This has been our home for seven years now. Almost every summer, I am digging a new garden somewhere! The above photo shows the flower bed along the drive as you pull in.


The flower beds in front of the house.


Shade garden behind the house.


Our vegetable garden is divided into several beds. Above is the original garden when we moved here. The soil is rich, beautiful and loose. You can dig potatoes with your bare hands but because of the trees, the garden doesn't get as much sunlight as would be ideal. The fence divides our garden from our neighbors. Zucchini, watermelon, and hollyhocks grow along the fence. Strawberries, potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, chard and pumpkins are planted here. In back is our garden shed and compost bins.

Another shot of the same garden. When the strawberries were finished, we planted corn along the strawberry rows. It is just an experiment to see if it works to multi-crop in this way! We could make our garden bigger but we are trying to use every inch first!


From the garden shed you can see the other garden areas. To the right is the children's garden, on the left is the asparagus and grape arbor.

To utilize space, we planted pumpkins and winter squash along the pasture fence behind the asparagus and grape arbor. Vine crops take up so much room and we usually didn't plant them but this year we are making use of this wasted space along the fence.
Our largest vegetable garden. This was pasture when we moved here. The soil is good though not as nice as the first garden. We are slowly adding organic matter and trying to improve it.
Vegetables are growing well! These tomato plants are taller then me! In this garden is planted zinnias, green beans, peppers, basil, marigolds, tomatoes, onions, carrots, potatoes, and corn.


Another view from the opposite end of the same garden.


On the hillside beside the garden is my herbs, garlic, butternut squash and newly planted blueberry bushes. The blueberries are tiny and barely surviving and completely unseen on this photo!

Thanks for visiting! Whether your garden is a pot on the deck, or an acre truck patch, I'd love to see it! If you have a blog, take a few pictures and leave a link in the comments so we can come visit!

4 comments :

  1. Your gardens are amazing! You have so much planted and it'll yield wonderfully for you at harvest.
    I would like to do more flower gardening, but am a little hesitate because I've not done well with flowers in the past.
    This year we have a "starter" garden with just four tomato plants, four pepper plants, some cucumbers and onions. I hope to expand it a little bit more each year.

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  2. p.s. I linked your blog on a recent post of mine - homemade substitutes. I like the cream soup recipes you noted and saved them in my recipe file.

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  3. I still would love to know how u keep it so weed free! Areas of mine looked like a hayfield-just before mowing! :-)

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  4. Donna -
    Our huge lawn is the secret of in our garden! We keep grass clippings over all the garden. Weeds only grow in the edges and right in the rows. There is weeds in these photos if you look close, but it would be far worse without mulch!
    Gina

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