Just about the time I fell off the blogoshere we moved into a new house. Now, the house is great, and it has everything I need in a home, including a wood stove (finally!) and even my very own bathroom. But the “farm yard” is gone.
My chickens live off-property, and I am not completely thrilled with their accommodations, but overall, they are fine, and are laying well.
A tisket, a tasket…
The “garden”, however, is a whole new ballgame.
The “Garden” 2015
My entire growing, recreating, outdoor space consists of an 8×24 foot wooden deck.
At first, I was heartbroken, thinking there was no way I was going to be able to grow any appreciable food this year. But, I asked myself, ‘How many times have I said, “You can grow food, anywhere!”‘? Well, this was my chance to prove it.
I started with the potted herbs we brought from the other house.
oregano, sage, thyme, lemon balm and curly spearmint
Then, we rescued 3 blueberry plants we found on the property, in pots.
Also, a couple of bedraggled strawberry plants we found, repotted and began loving:
strawberry fields, forever
They rounded out our berry patch nicely, with the raspberry canes we brought from the old place.
Then we got seed potatoes and shallot bulbs:
shallots and cilantro-becoming-coriander
Soon, Spring sprung and I went kind of tomato-crazy, given the amazing south-facing exposure of the porch garden
“Sweet Millions” cherry tomatoes
Amish Heirloom “Brandywine”
the standard, Oregon Coast favorite, “Early Girl”
Heirloom “Purple Cherokee”
All season long we have been eating from the “salad bar”
I can hardly wait for the lettuce and the tomatoes get ripe at the same time.
So far, we have eaten from all the herbs, and have harvested loads before they bloomed. Here is a bundle of my first lavender blossoms:
first lavender wand
and here is the second batch of fresh blueberries:
The watering requirements of a microclimate like mine are somewhat shocking. Most days, we water morning and night. If it isn’t above 60 in the rest of the area (which translates to about 75-80 on my porch) we can get by with only watering in the morning. But we have huge plants in comparatively small pots, so they dry out quickly. If I had it to do over, I would employ the gardening “hack” of burying a 16 oz. water bottle, with it’s bottom cut off, upside down a few inches deep in each pot, so I could fill it with water and leave it to leach in, as needed, during the day. Maybe next year.
I know it may seem like I have been neglecting my handcrafting, as evidenced by my chronic lack of blogging, but please understand… I have been so busy handcrafting fresh food (and working to pay for the millions of gallons of water they require living in pots!), I haven’t had a lot of time to blog about it.
Still I am trying to make time. Things happen so quickly at this time of year. Starting seeds becomes transplanting becomes harvesting in no time. I am trying to keep up through pictures, so I can both blog, and reminisce, at my leisure.
I am so excited about my future projects. There are pumpkins and zucchinis besides, and having never done them in pots before, I can’t wait to see how that turns out. Plus, there will be the preserving of all these tomatoes! I have never had such a perfect place to grow the “hot crops” , here on the coast, so my yield is going to be staggering, compared to any of my other gardens in this climate.
Take that BigFood!!! Also, my very favorite way to #StickItToMonsanto
Also, despite having very little space to work with, I have committed some of my space to a group of “Rescue Roses”, as well. They came to me spindly, and covered in powdery mildew and black spot. A bit of love and care and some time in the sunshine has made all the difference for them. They say “Thank you” every day.
Food is most important, but beauty is also worthy of nurturing.
peaches and cream
pink and perfect
And that, friends and neighbors, is Awesome America!
Have a wonderful Summer 2015, and Happy Handcrafting!