I love gardening -- so long as my gardens feed me. Oh, I don't mean my soul. Just watching plants grow is spiritually fulfilling, to me. I mean plants that give you enough food and herbs that allow you to enjoy their bounty in season and still have enough to put by to carry you through to the next year. Our winter was so mild, everything came in early, so I hope our current temperature drop doesn't freeze the smallest plants during its two-day visit.
Above is my mini-orchard, planted five years ago in lasagna garden beds prepared the year before. See how I did it, without shovels or back-breaking work, here. This type of garden is perfect for anyone with rocky soil and can be done in a half hour. I even used the method to top off my 6' x 20' container garden that initially started out as a modified French Intensive garden, so it's a combination now. In five years, the soil had settled to almost twelve inches below the top, so it needed refurbishing -- and, a new coat of paint!
The system works great in planters, too! Morning watering is done with a stroll and a cup of coffee in hand. And, that's pretty much all that's needed until harvest time. Gives me plenty of time for everything else in my life -- especially, writing.
Ornamental gardens? I do them to make my house look nice but my main love is the vegetables and herbs that feed my family. How about you? Do you have a summer garden? What type of gardening do you prefer?
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