Garden Expanding

Panoramic of the potager, June 2015.
Panoramic of the potager, June 2015.

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.

Corn bed in the potager.
Corn bed in the potager.
Tomato.
Tomato.

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.

Construction of a new bed in front of the house.
Construction of a new bed in front of the house.
New bed with the beginnings of a new path.
New bed with the beginnings of a new path.
View of the new path from the porch (The patchy grass area will be a future garden bed).
View of the new path from the porch (The patchy grass area will be a future garden bed).

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.

Shed colour inspiration.
Shed color inspiration.

A little at a time…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s