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Suburban Garden

July 31, 2008

Our suburban “Victory Garden” is still very much in the planning stages. We started taking down some trees, but life and service wires got in the way. Our home is in an older suburban neighborhood, lots of old trees (badly pruned and basically wild at this point) and all service wires are above ground. We are trying to save some money by having PGE and Comcast come out and drop our lines for a day. That way we can get the trees down ourselves. We have established a place in the side yard to store the wood until it cures. I wonder what is would cost to rent a chipper? I would love to use all the extra leaves/branches for mulch this winter.

I have designed the garden to be a potager garden. I’ll see if I can get my DH to scan my little graph paper design so I can post it. I have plans for beans, tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chard, spinach, broccoli, onions, carrots…all the stuff I’m buying at the store or Farmer’s Market…. still deciding on which herbs and flowers to plant. I have some marigold seeds my Mother in Law saved from her Mother’s garden. I look forward to my 5 year old daughter helping me plant them in the spring.

I want to grow an espaliered apple tree, raspberry bushes, blueberry bushes and some blackberry. I have some volunteer blackberry around the yard. I’ll leave it be until I decide where to cultivate it.

I have been enjoying my research for the garden. These are my favorite books:

All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew

Food Not Lawns by H.C. Flores

Designing the New Kitchen Garden by Jennifer R. Bartley

Heirloom Vegetables by Kent Whealy at Seed Savers Exchange

August 1, 2008

I found some mint growing in the parking strip next to the vinca! Yay! I love mint! I think I’ll leave it be until there is a place to put it in my garden. That mint made my day 🙂

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