Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Dog's Domain ~ The Side Yard

This part of the yard has never had anything planted in it except for whatever grows wild, and my morning glories that cover the fence. Because i live in such a small space i have been wanting to grow some of my own food, but didn't know where i could do that. So, here is my little container garden, smack dab in the middle of the dog's territory. I had to put the plants in big tubs so that Zinnia and Pollyanna didn't decide to use the plants for tug of war, and so that Gipetto didn't water them with something other than water if you know what i mean... Even tho this is the North side of the house, this half of the yard gets sun all day long. Just right for sun loving tomatoes!(see...not much grass grows here due to all the 4 legged foot traffic, but my lawn guys are hoping we can let all the wild things grow and cut them back and at least there will be green covering the ground. Who needs grass???)
In this smaller tub i have two heirloom varieties of tomatoes~ Brandywine, and one called Rose. I picked these because i loved the names...I'll let you know how they taste)

And in the bigger tubs we have Early Girl and Big Boy, with a little extra basil planted around them. If it gets too crowded in the tubs i will move some plants to new containers, but i was told i shouldn't have any trouble with this set up...we'll see...)

So, for now, that is it for the gardens here. I'll take more pictures in the coming weeks when the gardens explode with color... Thanks for stopping by!

7 comments:

Kelli said...

Lord knows I have a BLACK THUMB, but you're inspiring me to try a little garden of my own! :D

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi mare!
oh what a wonderful, magical garden you have all around your home.

you are amazing!

Mare said...

Hi Kelli, maybe try some real hardy perrennials that are native and natural to your part of the woods, and then go from there. I find that if i have my heart set on growing things that do not like my "accomodations" then i set myself up for disappointment. Give it a try!
Thanks Melissa...you are so sweet...

Farm Chick Paula said...

That's a really neat idea, Mare- those tubs are really handy for everything! And I hope your Brandywines do well- we tried them for the first time last year and they were WONDERFUL. You will love them!

Mare said...

Hi Paula,
I wanted something a bit nicer to look at but with all the "squirters"(male dogs) around here, i figured this will do for now. And the tubs have been sitting here unused for years. I used to let my baby guinea pigs run in these tubs. Anyway, i get conflicting info about how many tomato plants to put in these tubs. A few folks said three to the big tub and 2 in the small one, but others have said it may be too tight in there....What do you think?

Claire said...

Oh Mare, you made an excellent choice in the brandywine tomato. It's one of my favourites! The flavour is just unmatched. I am sure you will love it! The garden is looking super!

Mare said...

Thank you Claire! This is my first time growing some heirloom tomatoes. I think i may pick up a few more plants at the Farmer's Market this weekend. The other variety i got is called "Rose". Have you ever heard of that one? It is supposedly pinkish in color and have a flowerey scent and taste. This is so exciting!