I got home today after five weeks of almost nonstop travel, and was agog at the progress our backyard has made. If you'll recall, the last time we checked in, the garden area was looking like this:
Fast forward two months and a LOT of hours of sweat and grime. And now, behold!
It is gorgeous -- an oasis of lush green herbs, a few pops of color from marigolds, salvia, and gardenias, and growing evidence of the crops that will soon be feeding us each day.
Of course, there is a ton of work left to do. We need to be out there weeding for about 20 minutes a day just to keep up. Hopefully, once we have a chance to get a couple truckloads of mulch we can keep the weeds out, but for right now its a life-or-death battle.
This week I'll try to get more photos of the long beds directly behind the gate. We have strawberries, corn, tomatoes, tomatillos, zucchini, yellow squash, acorn squash, raspberries, lingonberries, kiwis, red and white grapes, asparagus, beans, turnips, radishes, Swiss chard, rhubarb, spinach, watermelon, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, beets, bok choy, and more than a dozen kinds of herbs (in addition to the herbs in the planters and vertical garden). It's overwhelming.
For those people still keeping track, here is our master backyard to-do list.