Saturday, March 1, 2008

Spring is in the air - and the soil

Today we started on the sheet mulch project, pruned the fruit trees and put in our spring garden. The spring garden consists of: onions, peas, lettuce, radishes, beets, spinach, and swiss chard.

We have a regular sized yard in the NW part of OKC. So far we have planted the following fruiting perennials: grapes, peaches, apples, pears, plums, elderberries, and goumi berries. So far, the pear trees are still puny. The peaches were planted the earliest, and we got a bumper crop from them last year. We got a few dribbles of fruit last year from the grapes and apples - just enough to let us know they were alive.

I highly recommend planting perennials, although it takes a lot of thought to site them correctly and advantageously. You only have to buy them and plant them once. Some trees will produce 50 pounds of fruit every year for 40 years - from a $20 tree. What kind of return on investment is that????

Currently, we only have three 4 x 20 garden beds. This year we will put in the following summer veggies - tomatoes, winter squash/beans, pumpkins/beans, zuchinni, and cucumbers. But it's not quite enough space for everything we want to plant.

In the front of our home we have a lawn (ugh) but also a meandering bed of peach trees, roses and perennials. I want to do something fun and different this year by putting in an "exhibition" garden. Basically, this will be just a few veggie plants to demonstrate that you CAN put veggies in with the decorative plants. I picked veggies that stay tidy and attractive most of the year - okra, jalapenos and bell peppers.

My dream is to wipe out the front lawn in the next 2 years - or whenever TSHTF - and turn it all into beautiful veggie, blueberry, and perennial (to attract beneficial insect) plant beds. To me, most veggies are attractive, except for onions, garlic and tomatoes (Too messy). I would also love to add a persimmon, big-hipped roses and some beautiful vines - like hops. Ah, I can dream but first I have to manage my three little garden beds!

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