thequeen770's blog: Play in the dirt or go to a gardening class?? What's a girl to do?

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 4:25 AM

I wanted to finish up with the progress in the yard so far this year. The heavy construction is almost over! I'm getting lazy and don't want to walk around the outbuilding to my potting area so I thought a step up to the short retaining wall would solve that problem. Then I tried that one step. Too HIGH. OK a couple of steps...not enough. What I thought would be a quick trip to get materials and an hour of construction turned into a much bigger project and it still needs work.
Thumb of 2017-03-09/thequeen770/5ea6be More soil and plants will come in later this spring.
This gets good sun most of the day and should drain well. Lavender (I've always killed this plant too much water I think) and thyme are in some small spaces. I'm waiting to see if the Agapanthus bulbs(to the right of steps) I planted come up both blue and white. They were end of season so I'll just have to wait and see.

I'm trying my hand at fruit in containers starting with Blueberries, Figs and Grapes.
Thumb of 2017-03-09/thequeen770/4e064b Thumb of 2017-03-09/thequeen770/0bb024 Dwarf I will put in my plant list.
Thumb of 2017-03-09/thequeen770/e9828c Thumb of 2017-03-09/thequeen770/45dc89 The sales person told me this is a Mission Fig but there was no tag.
I wanted to grow horizontally so we will see. I've read Figs have a large root system so I figured a cedar box with no bottom would be a good option.
I wanted the tree to have easy access for picking so in theory I can stand at the wall and be eye level with the fruit.
Thumb of 2017-03-09/thequeen770/242b19 Last but not least Razzamatazz Grape.
I've never grown figs or grapes so this will be new and hopefully tasty! I have had blueberries but the deer got to them before I could. I still have deer problems here so I'm thinking of getting a motion activated sprinkler, the reviews I heard are good.
Over the winter I have propagated the dwarf mondo grass down to the burn pit and moved aguga into shaded areas under the arborvitaes on both sides of the house. Too small for pictures.
Thumb of 2017-03-09/thequeen770/e13945 Cutting from friends for a Peppermint Camellia and Weeping Forsythia so I waiting to see if those take root.
There has been some moving of plants to more or less sun but I will address that later in each bed. For now I need to gather the names of plants to add to my list and get ready to go to a gardening class at the Extension Office on combining Edibles and Ornamentals in the the garden. I've already started putting Kale, Spinach and Artichokes in the front beds.

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