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, May 6, 2009

Project: designing and extending the vegetable beds

This year I decided to tackle vegetable gardening with a full on attck, starting seeds under grow lights in February, purchasing cold frames, and extending beds for future growth and crop rotation.
The two raised beds established last year were expanded to a larger bed, matching the outline of the full sun patched available.
The herb garden got a makeover using the bamboo edging that previously supported the raised beds...
And a mound was created where a tree was removed in the front of the house for squash. Yes, in front of the house. I have strategically planted phygelius around the mound to provide a slight screen and some flower color from the street, but the foliage will be fully visible.