So this week's post, as well as next week's, will briefly cover the last 2 1/2 years so that we might get up to speed. After that, I'll just fill you in on what I'm growing, what I'm doing with it, and why I think gardening is better than a desk job!
In the Beginning...
We bought a foreclosure in Florida nearly 3 years ago. It wasn't in terrible shape, as some of them can be. But the property could be described as a barren wasteland. Well, barren is a bit severe. We did have a magnolia tree that had grown into our septic system, and fed for years by the daily...um...offerings of the home's residents, it had increased to gargantuan proportions. In fact, I could not photograph the front of the house. Every attempt simply made it appear as if I had a tree fetish.
|The Tree...and maybe a house behind it?|
From the start, I spent part of each day in the yard (after I finished tiling in the house) just trying to clean it up and carve out a space for myself. If I didn't, I knew I'd fall quickly behind in the battle over turf...literally. What is it with men and lawns? I always think that if I were as cool as Alys Fowler, I'd have convinced my husband that the entire back of the property could be a good and proper ornamental and productive garden. Seeing images of her back garden just fills me with envy. But I'm not that cool. Instead, I wage a war of a thousand rips--I rip out a little more of the lawn each month. But in the beginning, I took the portion of the yard on each side of the house and dreamed of purloining additional swaths from the turf. Below is the side I designated for the vegetable garden. Tippy (in background) seems to be asking, "Seriously? We're going to live here?" The fence was so wretched that the little girls next door would unabashedly peel off pickets to see what we were up to.
|The Future Veg Patch with Inspectors Tippy and Wolfie|
|The grass garden? (which is destined for greater things)|
|The Magnolia-Free Front, circa 2011|
|The Veg Patch (with freebie rain barrel in right foreground!), also 2011|
|The Former Holly "Garden"|
As anyone with a garden knows, this is just the work in progress, which is always in progress and always will be. By late 2011 (which was the 1 1/2 year mark of ownership), we had accomplished quite a bit, and we have finished a few more projects. I'll quickly cover those next week, in addition to some of my great successes and failures in learning how to garden in Florida and some ridiculous tales of my trying to do everything by myself (like building the arbor above in the driveway and carrying it to the complete opposite of the property).
I hope you'll all come along for the adventure!