One of the many reasons that I enjoy reading blogs from all over the world is because the bloggers sometimes reveal a little bit of their gardens. Some lovely examples include anne marie from Philly with her many beautiful flowers, Bill in France with his amazing vegetables and Dr. Spo in Phoenix with desert plants.
Growing up, every member of my extended immigrant family had a large, backyard vegetable garden. In her late 70s, my mother still has a garden which fills her entire back yard. Early in my marriage, I had a very lush, productive garden which was about 1/4 acre in size, complete with a small greenhouse and fruit trees which I grafted myself.
But the babies started to come, and my wife became less able to cope with anything so I had to abandon my garden. I was just too busy!
Now, I have somewhat more time to start gardening at my new waterfront home but there are significant challenges here My entire properly is underlain by a solid sheet of bedrock which is made up some of the oldest rocks on the planet. About 1/3 of the property is bare rock, in fact, and the rest has a soil depth ranging from three inches to one foot. To deal with this, I've built a few raised beds and have hauled in topsoil and horse manure.
The other bigger challenge involves our cool temperatures (much cooler here by the cold water than further inland), howling winds and our very short 40 day growing season. To grow vegetables on this property is pretty near hopeless, I'd say, but I love gardening so much that I determined to try.
Here is what I have growing in my yard this morning.
|Impatience, trailing lobelia and dianthus |
(barely) blooming in a hollowed-out stump