Tuesday, May 20, 2008

What Dave isn't telling you

Dave decided that blogging just isn't for him, so it's up to me to tell you what 's been going on in our garden. As I've mentioned, Dave has been home with Gus and I for the past two months. Besides helping me care for the baby, doing the grocery shopping, preparing most of our meals, and doing the majority of the laundry, he has been gardening. But he only gets time in between juggling the responsibilities he has for his family right now. Hardly any time at all, right?

And yet, he's installed a new shade garden:
Parts of this garden were planted last year, but only this spring has it really begun to take shape.
He's got big plans for moss to start growing alongside all of these other beautiful plants.
He's started planting around the new shed we got last year. Not pictured - the new and improved pumpkin patch and the morning glories.
At the end of last season, he put in a second rain garden, full of native plants:
He's been working hard on the front garden, and it's starting to look really good:
He finally got a chance to fill in the railroad tie garden on the side of the house:
Oh, and then there's the vegetable gardens.
Aside from the 7 raised beds that he has planted or transplanted seedlings to,
I see tomatoes, bok choy, garlic, cucumbers, lettuce, peas, asparagus, beans,
arugula, sweet peppers, hot peppers, dill, caraway, eggplant, spinach, rosemary, squash, peppermint, and parsley, to start.
He has also established a new work space for tools, complete with a hose.

And he made a new space for potatoes and corn, and has been using the cold frame since we had such a cold spring.
I didn't mention the raspberry transplants or the boulevard garden, or the rain garden from a few years ago. The lot has been transformed from it's original state - full of weeds and weedy trees, patchy grass and virtually no flowers. From this:
To this:
And those photos don't even begin to capture the scale of the change.

It's an amazing garden, and an awesome yard. It's all a credit to him, my master gardener husband. Gus is going to grow up in a place where he can tell the difference between radishes and beets, tat soi and bok choy. He'll know where the carrots we eat come from, and his first food this fall will be heirloom butternut squash, grown here in our yard.
That's pretty special, if you ask me.

I'll try to do a weekly garden post, to keep you apprised of the changes. It's hard to believe it's only the middle of May, and so much is already growing!

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