|View from the room upstairs.|
The 2009 growing season was cool and wet. Though I love the moisture and hate to complain about it, there is a threshold for most plants. We lost the majority of the strawberry crop because the berries would rot before they ripened-too much water, not enough sun and heat. Additionally, the tomato harvest was less than expected due to this phenomen, and the sweet potatoes wanted nothing to do with it. Otherwise it was a productive year. The biggest surprise was how well the lima beans faired. Onions, garlic, green and lima beans, beets, sweet corn, cucumbers, spinach, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and a volunteer mellon all performed exceptionally well. I decided to try to take an aerial view of the gardens from the upstairs window now that we have windows which actually work. I love seeing things from a new and different angle-"O Captain! My Captain!".
|Early summer garden.|
Though I decided in 2008 that cinder block raised beds would be the way of the future for my gardens, I did not take the plunge. Instead I mulched, mulched, and mulched some more. The makeshift fence line was taken over by weeds (which incidentally made an impenetrable barrier for chickens, rabbits, etc...), but otherwise the gardens were lovely. The fence was made of plastic landscape netting supported by bamboo poles I weaved through it and stuck into the ground. It is destroyed by weed eaters so I simply mowed along the outside of it and left it to the weeds. By the end of the season the landscape netting was spent. It fell apart when we dismantled the fencing at the end of the growing season!
|Reclaimed herb garden.|
|Blue bird house.|
We have several bird houses here at Fieldstone, all made from salvaged wood. The very first birdhouse that we ever put up is on the south east side of the garden. This year, we were blessed with a family of bluebirds. To the best of our knowledge this is the first time we have ever had bluebirds here. They were too shy for a photo shoot, but this is the abode they chose. Perhaps it had a good view.....