Sherri Gragg

Juggler of words and children…collector of pottery shards

What’s Been Growing in the Garden…

Now for the garden.

Some of you may remember that we moved into a new home last October.  The move took us from 1/4 of an acre to almost a full acre.  We moved in at the end of a horrible drought and the landscaping was in terrible shape.  We have spent most of our energy since that time just trying to restore what we have.  The bad news is that the weeds and Bermuda are running rampant in the back…again.  Could someone pass the Roundup please?

Now here is the good news:

1.  Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes.  We have tomatoes out our ears.  My favorite tomato plant has been a “grape tomato”.  Those little gems are so sweet that one child in particular thinks they are candy. 

2.  The herb garden is on its way.  I have planted lavender, basil, sage, rosemary, two varieties of thyme, chives, and flat leaf parsley.  The former resident left mint, which is a mixed blessing.

3.  Figs!  When we moved in there were two fig trees (shrubs?) that were just to the bottom of the living room window.  This year, one of them as grown to the roof line!  I have no choice but to move them in the fall.  I hate to though, because when the weather is temperate we open the windows and their sweet scent fills the house. 

We had a bumper crop of figs.  I made jam.

4.  The long bed along my front walk was completely empty after the daffodils died away.  I named it “The Great Expanse of Nothingness”.  The first stage of rectifying that is complete.  I transplanted a rosebush that was in the backyard and added quite a few perennials I found on the clearance rack at Lowe’s.  A friend blessed me with some cat mint and ____________from her garden.  I brought the statue of St. Francis around and plopped him down under the Japanese Maple.  Oh, and we added a rock walk for Puzzle The Puppy to access the yard.  (She, of course, just cuts through the mulch anyway)

Next on the agenda:  some soft touch hollies and a millstone fountain.  What a beautiful view I have from my porch swing!

5.  Plans for the fall:

The Gragg children eat a lot.  We plan to plant fruit trees this fall:  pear, and apple.  We will also add blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.  We need to build raised beds for vegetables.  I have talked my husband into a bee hive.  God bless that man as he goes along with all of my “big ideas”.

Thanks for visiting my garden!

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This entry was posted on September 3, 2008 by in gardening.
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