In our vast backyard, we have a lot of green, a down and durty doggie fence, and some figs trees...and this wooden structure, which used to support grape vines, trying to stay alive and not doing a good job of it. (This photo was taken indoors, while standing in our bathtub, since it pouring rain currently). I keep looking at this framework trying to decide how I want to use it. Today it dawned on what I will do and of course it means hauling and constructing a garden bed.
The dimensions are about 4x16 feet it is in direct sunlight all day long, perfect for tomatoes and peppers. My plan is to construct a concrete block bed in the interior part of the frame and have flowing vines growing up the uprights.
And I just want/need/must make a small veggie bed for necessary tomatoes and peppers. I might even use half of it for asparagus, since I had to leave that crop at my last house. See a pattern here?
OK nothing is going to happen today, since we expect rain to continue, and I have yet to wrangle my pal Charly into using his truck to pick up the blocks and soil. That's next. But O! What joy I feel just thinking about this project.
Here's an update on my peony/Asiatic lily bed. Mulched and the supports are in. I wish you could have seen me struggling with these wire cages. Like wrestling an octopus. But eventually I garnered control and placed 20 of them.
I continue to find more peonies popping up along the sidewalk. They have been hidden by weeds and as I try to expose them I am surprised at how large the clumps are. I have already given my BFF Patsy a big bin full of them, all from one plant, and weeks ago I gave my sister two and they are planted and doing well.
NowI see I have ten more to share. I introduced myself to my excellent gardening neighbor two doors down and she is happy to take whatever I can dig up. Phew! I want to move them so that a new front lawn can be installed in my weed patch.
In other news, my little bleeding heart is coming along nicely. It was one of those roots that came in a bag, $3, from Walmart. I must have bleeding heart plants. And once you have one, they reseed so happily that I am destined to have many, probably to share. At the same time I bought a root of Ostrich ferns and one teeny little fern has unrolled and will have to be moved, since it is where the new front porch will be constructed.