Welcome to my Saint Joseph house... |
Want to see my garden? NO? Come on around back anyway...
|When I retired in 1987 I built a couple decks and a gazebo around back... First the lower deck, the next one outside my kitchen sliding glass door I installed for the upper one...|
|Then I installed a gas grill on the upper deck and a smoker just like the one I have now...|
The lower deck was two level... and I built it around a producing cherry tree, seen on the far left...|
Here looking down on the lower deck from the upper deck...
The lower deck didn't get as much use after I built the higher one, but I did pick cherries and sit under the tree there
to pit a bowlful for a pie...|
This must have been mid-summer, the pepper plants are getting tall and the marigolds have some brown blooms..
But much earlier I had a garden somewhere all over the yard, I added to... or moved them around...|
Here I had one at the lowest part of the back yard...
|What do you mean lawnmower? I thought this was something to play with...|
|Well, Frank sure thought it was something to play with...|
|It looks like this patch is coming along nicely...|
|Green bean anyone?|
|Yeah, we got green beans...|
|How about a white radish then?|
|Only one guy a couple years ago at the Farmer's Market had white icicle radishes, big mild ones... They don't ever have them at the Price Chopper, I guess people don't ask for them...|
|Now a patch at the very top of the yard... Was this before or after the lower one? Maybe two at the same time?|
|Look what a little watering and a few weeks growing can do...|
|This is the opposite side of the yard, across from that last patch...|
|Raymond! Get yer dog outta my watermelon patch!|
|What is this? A very large cucumber or a very small watermelon?|
|Knee deep in the sweet corn patch... That stuff was sure good...|
|Then a permanent patch at the sunny South side of the house, later put raised beds in here... and raised my cucumbers here...|
Later I went to all raised beds... Had about twenty overall... 4 X 8 feet and full of compost, peat and sand, whatever
the crop needed... And they were productive...|
Some sweet peppers in this one...
A little patch of sweet corn alongside the lower deck...|
Later I grew my eggplants here...
Here, just a pumpkin patch wandering around in a corner... |
Just needed a couple pumpkins for holiday pies...
And here, a bed full of beets...|
Why the fencing over the beds? Well I had cats too, and cats like to dig in soft loam... sooo...
|And a bed of lettuce, about gone wild here and too bitter to use...|
|And Better Boy tomatoes, later in the season here, would climb to the top of the fence support and start down the other side...|
|Well, that's about it for now... I have about 60 more garden pictures but how many weeds does anyone want to look at anyway?|