Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

NBB 2008: pre-tour pictures

The garden theme this year is SOIL BUILDING. Despite the back aches and exhaustion, all the planning and planting, the first year in a garden is full of a lot of planning, replanning and establishing.

One of the first tasks that we tackled last August was simply getting the transplants from the old yard into the ground for winter. Mant plants were therefore planted in "nursery rows," that is, they were planted in established beds, where the soil and exposure was right for the plant - but this would not necessarily be the placement once the garden design was complete.

The first fall we extended beds and sheet mulched large areas to reduce lawn. And in the Spring we moved some of the plants.

The front yard was designed as a perennial Hummingbird, Butterfly and Pollinator Garden. The home is south facing and the yard is full sun exposure.

The backyard was a bigger challenge. The yard had been severly neglected. There was a lawn, one tree, an a few war era roses. Our plan was to establish vegetable beds, and create a space to eat and read durig the summer.

We planned a kitchen herb garden for the side yard.

These photos show the pre-tour state of the garden.