Sunday, August 3, 2014

This Endless Summer, Oh My the Heat! Garden Update.

The incessant heat is driving me bonkers. I am looking toward fall, just one evening when I need to wear a hoodie seems a dream, never possible. I have begun to toil and shovel up the tons of gravel lining every edge of the lawn wheelbarrow full by wheelbarrow full at bit each day. We went to the botanical garden yesterday to see what is working at the end of summer in the intense heat. We finally have proudly become household members for the first time as well. The Bot. garden here is small, but neatly planned and I hope to see it grow. This time of year I miss the Chicago Botanical Gardens- oh what an Eden. 
 The back yard is still completely in experimental phase that I am certain will continue as long as we do. My proud Costco purchase was our second "bone daddy" featured on the rickety bench. I have half a heart to leave him out there and let the deadly morning glories overcome him. I'm sure I'll hate myself when I have to cut him out this fall, but I love the idea of a skeleton getting overgrown like it would in nature. We've got more bling and whirligigs around this garden to keep our fish in the stock tanks from being gourmet bird food.
 The lilac hedge lantern garden with head planter. For some reason I love the head planter.
The bicycle planter is in full swing. I think it is more vegetation than steel and rubber now. 
The mulching project is still moving on and we finally got the second tomato pergola set up. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mystery Tomato

I got these seeds from Baker Creek Rare Seeds, but no longer see this variety on the website. My seed packets are long packed away for next winter. From what I remember it is a German wandering tomato. It is multi-lobed like a bunch of fused cherry tomatoes. This one seems a little small, but is much firmer than the first one I picked. I'm waiting for Kyle to get home to try it.
 stem end, strange, but not crazy
blossom end, crazy

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mid July Garden Update

 Green Zebra, Red Zebra, cherry, yellow pear, and German wandering tomato on our raised bed.
 Everyone has them, but I've always loved black eyed susans.
 Pam's Choice foxglove that was started from seed.
 The pathway bed gearing up for summer. 
 This weekend's haul so far. 
 Indigo Rose blue tomatoes ripening.
A very lumpy German wandering tomato. We tried the first runty one and to me it was nice and sour, but I find that the first tomatoes that ripen aren't always the best examples of what you're going to get, I'll wait to see if the rest aren't mealy. Great taste, bad texture. Not bad for a tomato most people thing are disgusting.

Idaho Botanical Garden Private Garden Tour: House VI

I should have gotten a shot of the front of this house, but it was the last garden of the day and it was rather unassuming. We walked through a breezeway and found this:
There was a LOT going on in this garden. Kyle remarked that the facades reminded him of Knott's Berry Farm. We wandered around getting lost with all the little details. The gardeners had collected a lot of old local signs. Kyle even found one he remembered as a kid, up on one of the walls. I'll let you wander with my photos through the garden...

I think the Koppel's sign was the one Kyle remembered.
This really was an antique pickup parked behind one of the facades. It sure added some depth and mystery to the garden.
The little building facades all hid "utilitarian" areas, such as this produce garden.
A water meter cover pathway.
There was storage back here.

Tomatoes behind the facades.
Potting shed looking into the garden.

This garden kept the eyes moving for sure. 

Well, that's the end of my photos for the 2014 Private Garden Tour, thanks for coming by!

Saturday, July 12, 2014


The raised garden beds took forever. There weren't any good plans we could find online, so we made our own. We loved the galvanized steel and redwood look and also wanted to build very sturdy beds. The main beds have been in place for a while, but the caps on the top that we can sit on or set gardening tools on while tending garden took forever. We aren't carpenters, but I think we did a good job. We also got them mostly hooked up with drip irrigation today and will finish that project tomorrow. Phew, what a pain in the behind job this was. We still haven't put the weed barrier on the ground or mulched yet. All in good time. 
 Our main problem was attention to detail.
 Our super boring suburban house (less and less to us these days) has a few octagonal air vents and a window. We couldn't find octagonal lag screws, but we thought the hexagonal ones would reflect that detail.