My nursery tour shopping trip netted me 2 Nachez upright thornless blackberries on clearance at Lowe's. I then bought another upright thornless variety for a pollinator. I also brought home several transplants 1 Swiss chard, 2 eggplants, 2 cantaloupes, and 3 Spanish peanuts. (No tomatoes since multiple tomatoes a week in my diet is too much acid for me). I decided to try the peanuts in potato growing tubs that I found on clearance. I'll mix up some sandy soil for the peanuts to grow in. There were huge blueberry bushes at one nursery for only $15 each ... large enough that Troy won't accidentally trim them with his huge mower if I make a blueberry hedge to provide a visual break along the back fence.
Since the water faucet at the rear of the lot is still broken I decided I needed to work on using bedding space closer to working faucets since I'm not sure I have enough hose otherwise. During the next few months I will build beds and fix the faucet in time for the upcoming fall weather gardening season. Sunday I took stock of the yard, watched the shade pattern on the east side of the house, and came up with a game plan for the short term. The end of the kitchen bed nearest the garage gets good morning sun.
|The eastern side of the house at time of purchase. Kitchen is to the left of the garage. Note overgrown beds.|
|By sundown I had found the first several feet of the kitchen window bed|
Next I moved into the back yard near the RV port (currently storing agility equipment). I moved the agility equipment off the concrete apron and raked up the leaves in this corner of the yard, and replaced the equipment. Then I trimmed the overgrown azalea bushes and dug up several bamboo roots that had come under the fence from Doc Sanders' yard. Finally I moved my planted rainbow Swiss chard and eggplants to this area. It may be too hot already for the chard but I'm hoping to get a salad or two out of it before it bolts. The chard is located so it gets late afternoon shade. I'll add the peanuts bags to this area as well.
|temporary garden location|
|bed to the right of the garage - designated for kitchen herb garden|