One reason I love the house we ended up buying last year was due to the lack of landscaping it came with. Though it has been tedious, my hard work is paying off. There is an area behind the garage that was just made for a vegetable garden. When we first moved in it was all weeds, 5 foot high weeds and a ton of maple tree saplings. It was a bit of a mess. However, I'm great at
envisioning what some elbow grease can do. This little plot of land is the only place in our backyard that gets sun, full all day sun. It's the perfect area for tending to some vegetables and fruit.
I began by using what we already had. I moved the railroad ties (all by myself, my back was not appreciative) and made some boxed gardens. I started growing seedlings in side for the first time this year. Though they did well inside, once planted they all died. I ended up just planting seeds in the ground to replace the seedlings and they are all growing very well, lesson learned. The best part of it all is the harvest we will have later this summer. The squash, watermelon, corn, strawberries, tomatoes, rhubarb, blueberries, grapes, pumpkins, beets, carrots, fennel, broccoli, peppers, onions and leeks are all flourishing. They are planted in organic compost (some of our own and some purchased) and watered almost daily when it does not rain. There are some bugs I have to take care of but I will find natural ways to dispose of them.
I still have a long way to go as I only was able to plant about 1/4 this year but come Fall, we are laying down cardboard everywhere else and putting organic compost on top in hopes that it kills the stubborn weeds. Next year I will make more garden boxes and add even more fruits and veggies. I really love being able to walk into my backyard and enjoy the fruits of my labor. Now only if there wasn't a by-law against chickens, we'd be all set.
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