Please excuse the mess - we've been working!
My rock star husband did a wonderful thing for me this week!!
He knows I have been struggling with this darn yard since we moved in. I love vegetable gardening... and we have tried and tried, for 6 years to get my garden to be productive.
The problem is... (over to the right where you dont see) the people before us had laid i-dont-know-how-many-tons-of-rock on the clay soil to park their RV.
I have picked rock until my fingers are bleeding. Literally.
We have rototilled, fertilized, mulched, added about 4 tons of good soil. To no avail :(
Basically a jungle of weeds think that's their home. We have sprayed kill-all-vegetation for two years in a row - but those suckers keep coming back!
Oh.. and in all their wisdom, the previous owners had also bordered the entire lawn with 2 feet of rocks.
So... i told my husband, I GIVE UP!
IF i could get that weed jungle to stop growing, i could build a raised garden. That has kind of been our plan for the last two years. Thus trying to kill all those weeds and baby tree roots!
Yah. No go.
We live at the top of a hill, and the yard is severely slanted (so much so that a kiddie pool overflows at one end and is empty at the other - on the flattest part of the yard! lol)
I love spending time outside 3/4 of the year. And we are slowly working toward building an awesome back covered patio - that has a deck above, off of the master bedroom.
Last year we laid the patio, and inset 4x4 holders. Replaced half the fence, and the gutters, and painted the house.
(next year is the fence you see, that we share with our neighbors)
Slowly but surely!
I have been growing my tomatoes in big pots in the back yard, because i cant go without fresh maters in the summer!! LOL!
But that's about the extent of any gardening the last few years, here in the back yard!
Soooo... my wonderful husband came up with a great plan!!
He showed up the other day with a truck load of soil, and a bunch of logs, enlisted Bailey's help and they went to work!
He laid weed sheet (or whatever you call it) over the rocks, and built a little raised bed all the way around the fence line!
He said he knows I have wanted to have a bunch of flowers surrounding the yard - and he thought this would be a cool way to do it! He also thought maybe just maybe i could put vegetables in here too.
HOW SWEET IS THIS?!?
Ok, so I've been thinking!
And I need to learn about good sunny perennials!
I have approx 2 feet wide, by the length of this trough, by about 10" high.
And i know NOTHING about this kind of gardening!
Can I plant perennials in this depth of soil? Will they thrive or die?
What are your favorite flowering perennials?
Can you reccomend anything?
Any tips, or suggestions?
I can do some now, and seed some this winter to put in next spring if i need to.
I am really excited! But have no idea where to start! LOL
Please... oh wise gardeners out there... share some of your ideas with me?
What would YOU do with it?
oohh... sooo excited to hear your suggestions!! :D