Garden Facelift

Last year was our first attempt at planting a home garden and to my surprise it was quite a success. This year we decided to step it up a notch, start earlier, and add a few more items to mix. Below is what we had to begin with…the remnants of last year.

First up was creating a larger space by moving all the old edging and squaring it off more. We also decided we wanted to cover up some of the patchy grass zones that have become an eye sore. We thought some kind of stone pathway might spruce it up.  At Lowe’s we found stones that seemed easy enough for us to take on, basically you place them together like a puzzle. After grabbing a bag of pebbles to fill in the gaps we headed home to give it a shot. Below is the area as you walk outside from our kitchen and then a pic of the stones that we started with. 

After playing some tetris with all the stones to figure out the best configurations for the spots, here is the result…

Now back to the garden for a moment…Josh loves him some peppers, so he picked up all kinds to plant, along with some tomatoes and herbs. I thought it would be fun to try to grow beans, so that was my contribution this year. Figured it was worth a try. I’m new to this documenting thing so I tend to forget to take pictures during the process, so after planting two rows of seeds and allowing a couple weeks to go by, below is the start to our new garden.

Some tomatoes, peppers, and rosemary ready to plant.

Here’s an after shot with a glimpse of the little stone pathway we created and our plants after a week or so. We even added a little picket fence (mainly to keep mr. brutus and lolo out). In the foreground is the potted herb garden with rosemary, cilantro, and chives. Our apple tree also came back to life this Spring after looking dead all winter…I was so excited! Maybe one day an apple will actually grow.

Beans starting to sprout.

Now for the after, after shots just taken recently. Check out those beans – awesome right!

Closeup of vines twisted around the trellis.

Go apples, go apples, go.

Our tomatoes (far left) aren’t doing so hot – they didn’t last year either. It’s too darn warm here that they just can’t get enough water and shrivel at record speed. So we’ve given up and will rip those out soon and plant something new (stay tuned). The three different pepper plants continue to do amazing. We have enough little red hot peppers to set your mouth on fire. Peppers definitely do well in Texas.

Now back to those beans…they grew so fast while we were away on our honeymoon that we came back and they had grown all over our little picket fence. We needed to remedy the situation quickly. We had some left over stakes used to help our tomato plants hold steady, and then added some netting to create a hodge podge trellis structure. This whole bean thing is an experiment so we really weren’t sure what to expect. To my surprise the vines took to the netting and skyrocketed up. Now they are growing over the top of the fence. Cool right?! Well, the only bummer is that I’ve yet to see a bean 😦  I need to read up online to see if I’m supposed to be doing A, B, or C to help beans grow so I can actually get some food out of this darn plant. I’ll keep you posted on that. It’s still cool to look at though, don’t ya think? 🙂

We’ve also got some rad artwork in the garden to spruce it up, courtesy of my bro-in-law Jeremiah. Thanks for the wedding gift!  —DP

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One Response to Garden Facelift

  1. bunchesofjoy says:

    Love it! So jealous that you have a garden . . . bummer about the tomatoes though? Maybe they’d do better in a pot so that the water could be contained a bit more? And not sure why you don’t have any beans, but that’s awesome that they’re growing so high. Can’t wait to get down there and try some of your home-grown goodness!

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