Monday, October 12, 2009
Check out the latest installation I did this year- My friend and former shareholder from a last year is studying Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University. She had me design a garden she could harvest from when she starts her own practice. She has two children who love to play in the garden, and are enjoying the food and know tons about herbs already. They already had the strawberries, raspberries, Camelia, and roses, but everything else is new.
To save money, the client did a ton of prep work, her husband built the food garden beds, and we moved the soil together. After she approved the design, I came out and explained the layout, then they did all that work, then I came back and mixed the soil, watered it all the way through, then planted the food garden. They had scored some free bricks from a neighbor, and had a friends brother do the brickwork- the first time he ever did it! He did a great job- Go Brad From Pocono Mt! The next day she and I dug up the plants from my farm stock together and loaded them into her truck. She had help on the other side unloading, so when I got there the next day all we had to do was divide up the plants and decide exactly where to place them. We did all this in the dead of that last heat wave (86 in September?), so they look exhausted in this photo. I am going for a follow up soon and will report back with more photos.
If you think you want to do any kind of new garden next year, start now, by prepping the area:
In the fall- put cardboard down on the grass (bike boxes or appliance boxes are best), build your raised bed if you want to, and then collect lots of leaves on top. Put a tarp on top of all that -they make brown/green tarps that are not that ugly, or if you don't want to use tarps, put a screen door or something like that to hold the leaves down.... In the spring, you just dig into great soil.
Posted by Sister Sage at Monday, October 12, 2009