Want to see a gorgeous garden? Our raised bed garden sits between our home and my office. It’s deliberate placement is so I get to walk thru it every day to get to work. So, today, Sept. 27, 2017, I am taking you on a tour of my garden. For your safety, please keep arms and legs inside the ride at all times.
This is a full view of our garden as I stand outside my office and look towards our home. That’s Harper, our Golden Retriever – easily the best dog I’ve ever loved.
This simple trellis has pole beans planted and climbing on the left and very very very tall gigantic sunflowers on the right. The trellis is a piece of cattle panel fence, which my husband bolted to the wood bed on either side. That’s all that holds it there. I’ve loved it all season. Simple, functional and beautiful. What more can ya ask for.
This is actually a crop of winter onions, also called “walking onions”. While they are smaller than your typical onion, they are perennial and never freeze out in our Iowa winters. I love the idea of “not having to buy seed onions”. They reproduce like crazy, so if you’d like to give ’em a try, I’d be happy to send you an envelope of small starter bulbs.
And what kind of a garden would it be without tomatoes? This year we have a bumper crop, so far that is. These shown are Brandywine – easily the tastiest eating tomato of all time. We have 12 plants total and have already canned countless quarts and pints of tomato soup, salsa, chilli, more salsa, ketchup (yes, we painstakingly made our own ketchup) and pizza sauce. Yum yum.
And then there are strawberries. I have 3 beds of strawberries that look like this. My little boys are frequently in here munching on berries, in between playing in the empty bed over yonder – We deliberately leave one raised bed empty thru the growing season, so they have one giant box of dirt to play in. There’s usually an assortment of trucks, skid loaders, tractors . . .you know, boy stuff in that dirt bed.
We love love love our berries. Here is our yellow razberry bed. yep, yellow. They’re sweeter than the red. More like scrumptious. Here’s a closeup.
Are you enjoying this tour? I hope I’m not boring you to tears . . .. I guess if I had, you haven’t read this far down anyway, so I can share a couple more pics.
At the other end of the garden is my entry trellis. My favorite spot in the whole garden. Again, my husband made this – he’s a handy fella. The closest vine is a hardy kiwi (I haven’t seen a fruit yet, but I patiently wait for a bumper crop one of these years) and the other vine is a fuscia morning glory – it’s full of blooms in the early morning.
Here’s the view as I stand at the beginning of the garden, looking toward my office.
So, that’s my path, to and from work everyday. Sometimes I stop off in the garden for a snack – like this morning for yellow rasberries.
I absolutely love my garden and being in it. It beckons not only me, but my whole family. Our little boys love playing in the dirt and snacking on snap peas, cucumbers, berries and carrots.
And that folks, concludes today’s tour of “Julie’s Garden”. Please exit to the right and leave a comment if you enjoyed this tour and would like to see more “inside peeks”.
Don’t forget – if you want to give winter onions a try, holler and I will send you seed bulbs. I love sharing garden bounty.
Happy stitchin, and happy gardening.