Sunday, April 26, 2009

Garden Dreams

Shane & I have brought a whole lots of seeds and plants the past few weeks. It is so fun to have some land that we can grow in. We've bought two apple trees (a fuji and a jonathan red), an Italian prune (plum), blackberries, raspberries, currants, strawberries, tomatoes, cabbage, peppers, many herbs, spinach, etc. We have many seeds we are praying will sprout (a few radishes already have). We have also bought a bunch of native/drought tolerant perrenials for the front garden. Yes, we've gone a little plant crazy!

We've put the trees in the "back back yard," were the playhouse is. We are planning to put the popcorn back there this year as well, so it doesn't cross polinate with the flour corn we are putting in the regular garden. Eventually this area will be the mini-orchard, with the fruit trees and a beehive.

In the "back yard" we have the veggie garden and the compost. And the tire swing. And the clothes line. And, hopefully, the shade-loving wildflower patch.

In the side yard, were the massive roses are, we've put in all the berries. The herbs are in the kitchen window box.

We are planning to put the perrenials in the front yard, along with some lavendar by the front porch, to go with the smaller roses. We hope to have an almond and a walnut in the front yard, eventually. Shane's Dad has some great walnuts and he is going to start some saplings, and he's giving us one. I cannot even begin to thank him for all the help he's given us - including helping us prune like crazy when we moved here last fall.

Our dreams are probably bigger than our abilities--well, my abilities. But with Shane temporarily out of work and me working four 10's, we think we can keep up with it all. We think of it as an investment in our house and our family. We intend to stay here forever, but if we do need to sell, established fruit trees and vines, as well as the climate appropriate perrennials, should help the resell value. But mostly we are excited for the food and beauty! E is as excited as we are to grow our own food (M is mostly happy about strawberries). And that's a really good feeling.


  1. Yay! I'm so happy for you guys. I can't wait to eat all the "fruits" of your labors.

  2. Will you share all your goodies with us? My parents have some pretty incredible peach trees that I am willing to bargain with (they don't know that yet, but who cares!)

    Keep us posted on how it all turns out!

  3. Wow, Amanda. I'm jealous! I have an area that needs to be terraced so I can maybe plant some tomatoes and basil and green beans, but I don't have nearly the kind of space you have. Way to be self-sufficient with your gardening!

    Oh, by the way: I'll be in Utah in early August to have a 40-days-after 40th birthday party. Wanna come?

  4. Yes, Riss and Jenn, you can share the fruits of our labor! Assuming that we have any . . . :-)

    Sheila, I would love to see you in August and celebrate your birthday!!! Please keep me posted on the details.