This picture was taken Friday afternoon. Since then, I've planted the four little pots near the gate with bright annuals. Every year I overfill these pots and regret it later when the roots don't have anywhere to go. This year, I acted much smarter and only put one annual in each small/medium pot. They are a splash of shades of pink as you leave the backyard. I also have two larger pots with several flowers over by the deck. I'm hoping they grow big and beautiful soon too!
But the garden plots are my real pride and joy. Pounds and pounds of compost/manure, vermiculite and peet moss fill each of our three planters. We have 38 square feet of garden, each square carefully mapped out and scheduled with various plants. I have done my research and reading, faithfully following the guidance of these resources.
- Mel's Square Foot Gardening. I wasn't sure if this was just a gimmick, but Sol and I have become students of his gardening instructions. The real test is if anything grows!
- I love extension offices, and this site is full of fantastic! Virginia Extension Office
- Virginia Gardener's Companion. I feel like a smarter gardener having this guide. While it was the least helpful resource, it looks official on my bookshelf.
Our worst garden pests are Belle and Copper, seen above playing with a hat. Copper has been busted twice for digging in the garden, and they were both in the yard the third time it happened. Some seeds were displaced, but the actual plants themselves seem to be a deterrent. They do not appreciate the fine art of vegetable gardening.
Not that we are surprised. They think it is fun to play with a hat.
For more gardening posts, check out Our Story, Love Your Lawn, Grey House Red Dog, T Squared, and Oh For Heaven Cakes. Let the growing begin!