In just a little over a month the potager is beginning to fill out nicely. Some of the vegetables aren’t doing so well such as the Jalapenõs and Bell peppers. I think it may be the poor quality of the soil because it wasn’t amended enough.
The corn is getting on well. It was slow going at first, but it seems to be sprouting a little every day and looking healthy. I consistently amend its soil because I have to maintain the mounds that keep them in place so I pack around each stalk with good garden soil and manure. The tomatoes have perked up and are beginning to bare fruit and the egg-plant (aubergine) are quite sturdy and displaying many blooms.
Last weekend I managed to create a new bed in the front of the house and to create a portion of a new path which eventually will wind its way down the side of the house and connect to the path which leads you through the potager. The bed isn’t very deep at all because I want the future bed on the other side of the new path to be the larger. I create what we call a ‘neutral zone’ behind the beds close to the house. This is for house maintenance and the future painting of the house. I can only hope I won’t have to dig up the beds for that, but I have a feeling the ‘neutral zone’ won’t be enough space for such an activity.
The ‘neutral zone’ is covered in landscape fabric and currently I am covering it with pine straw. This zone also pushes the bed out past the eaves so rain water won’t damage the plants. The bed is an odd shape due to the different angles of the roof line. American Arts and Craft homes were often designed not to have rain gutters. They were designed with large eaves to pull water away from the foundation. It also allows for windows to be kept open during storms.
Since I mentioned painting it is my hope to begin restoration of the cottage in the autumn. As I have mentioned in the past the cottage is destined to become my library/office/studio. There is much work to be done inside, but the outside must come first because I am tired of looking at it. Every window requires re-glazing. …Such joy. I suppose I should begin in the back so by the time I get around to the front I’ll be an expert at it. We shall see.
The entire exterior needs to be scraped and or sanded. It will be worth the effort though because I believe I may have decided on a color palette in this inspiration piece I found on Pintrest. I think the cottage could carry this same look quite handsomely.
A little at a time…