A New Garden in the Making
We've been in our new home for a little more than a week now. I'm getting acquainted with everything: new sights, new sounds (crickets instead of sirens, peacefully), and a collection of plants and shrubs that are still strangers to me. The previous owners of the house left us with good landscaping, wonderful trees, and a couple of lovely container plants on the deck. There are so many possibilities for our new garden and yard; it is at once exciting and overwhelming. Where do we begin?
Over the past few days, we've been making observations to help us orient our new vegetable garden. How does the yard look as the sun passes through the sky? Where is there shade during the day? Which trees and shrubs cast the longest shadows? Which area gets at least five to six hours of full sun? Realizing that we're at the end of the main gardening season, we're thinking carefully about the placement of our new garden beds so that we can maximize use of the available sunlight throughout the year.
Michael measured and marked off one possible plan, laying out the beds in a north to south direction. That will place our garden diagonally in the backyard. At first I was uncomfortable with that. (A diagonal garden? Shouldn't it been neatly and squarely tucked into a corner?) But it all comes down to where we have the most sunlight, so diagonal it is. And, actually, it's looking like the best place for the beds would be... smack dab in the middle of the yard. We're taking time to figure it all out. I wouldn't be surprised if Michael pulls out a protractor at some point. This design stuff is all his territory.
While the planning is underway, today I planted arugula seeds in a small terracotta planter. The seeds are the ones I saved from the arugula I grew this year in our community garden plot. The old garden gives way to the new. How exciting it is to start growing food on the deck of our own home. I can't wait to do more. Much more.