As a child I helped my mother tending to the family garden. My dad had a good dozen tomato cages and my mother grew beans, peas, and other vegetables. I count my time back then more as memory than experience. However, in the last several years I have made up some years by gaining a lot of knowledge from this site, the web in general, and a lot of practical hands-on knowledge.
I currently live in a townhouse, so my yard is limited, so I try to make pretty good use of it. I have five raised beds that are double dug to the extreme (hence my handle name). They are about 12" above ground and 24" underground, so they pack a big punch by offering deep roots and stellar drainage. My county features red clay, so I feel my digging habit isn’t overkill.
My other back yard areas include a stone wall flower box, a trellis for my Kiwi, and underneath the trellis, a long rectangle raised bed. Additionally, I have a good variety of containers I use on my patio.
A couple years ago, I read Eliot Coleman’s The Winter Harvest Handbook and started gardening year round. During the winter months, I have one cold frame top, which drops over top a raised bed box of my choosing.
In my front yard, I have a large raised flower bed, which now serves as my fruit garden, where I have blueberry bushes and strawberry plants.
Zone 6b I started this backyard garden in late spring of 2007 on the right side of my backyard which is currently inhabited by three raised beds. When I f...
Zone 6b In 2013, my friend began providing garden space for me to use in exchange for helping him with his garden. My “Friend’s House” ga...
Zone 6b This retaining wall garden has gone back and forth in plantings and the wall itself has even been reworked a couple of times. The wall is in the f...
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I love to grow
Tomatoes, Peppers, Lettuce