Just want to say hello and introduce myself

juliegardens247April 9, 2010

Hi everyone! I've been gardening off and on for quite a few years with different interests and emphasis. I live in a small house on a small lot in the burbs. It definitely feels like a cottage. But I have learned to make use of the small spaces I have and through trial and error I have found what works in the little microclimates of my garden spaces around the house. This year I have "reclaimed" the potentially best space I have which is my south facing side and until recently has been a paved RV pad. However, we have never owned an RV. Dear husband does not have the same vision as I do for taking out the concrete, but after showing him what square foot gardening is all about, he has built me my first raised bed with promises of at least two more before the summer. I'm already enjoying my lettuce harvests. This may all be above ground and in containers and raised beds but I do believe I can create the look and feel of a potager before too long.

I'm envisioning a layout of several raised bed boxes, a variety of dwarf citrus trees in containers, vines and/or espaliers going up the tall fence, containers of things on wheels which can be moved and adjust as conditions change, a gas fire pit with seats that can be brought around, and strung white lights criss crossing overhead between house and fence. In the summer the best time to be on this side of the house is before 8am and after 8pm. If this plan works (and I know it will) I will have made user friendly a large portion of my small 6000 square foot lot.

I'm buying a camera at CostCo today so I'll be able to share pictures of my progress. I look forward to getting to know people here on this forum. I've already gained so much inspiration from the pictures many people have posted.


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catalinagrey(MN 3/4)

WOW! That sounds like an amazing plan! Can't wait to see pics! :)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 12:17PM
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Good luck Julie. I have just started on mine, and dealing with a skeptical husband. I know how you fell. Just wait till he starts getting to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 12:52PM
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Julie- Your garden sounds wonderful! In your zone you can grow so many beautiful fruits and flowers that we can only dream of here. Do you plan to have any jasmine? I would love to grow jasmine and orange trees in my potager :)

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 1:19PM
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Thanks everyone!

Jasmine is really easy here, both star and pink. Pink jasmine is about ready to bloom. Star jasmine blooms more in May and June. The star would be great going up on the fence side because it is shadier there. I'll have to use that idea!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 1:25PM
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Just think, you won't have to worry about wild onion and other annoying weeds popping up in your garden paths. Sounds neat. The citrus will probably like all the reflected heat.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2010 at 10:13PM
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