This was the long entrance to my Veggie Garden last summer (2015). As you can surmise, the path is at the right where the hose is, and the long raised bed along the neighbour’s fence to the north is at the left. Spotted along the bed are 3 truck rims to contain the roots of raspberries, eventual asparagus plants and blackberries.
Since there’s not a lot of direct sunshine in this section of the bed, the rest is given over to Stinging Nettles for tea, etc. and greens and root crops such as carrots and beets in small beds. Further along past the end of the house where the garden emerges into full morning sun I have cucumbers, squash, canteloupes, husk tomatoes and probably real tomatoes this year.
Last year the squash did well, as did the husk tomatoes and peppers, but my carrots and greens were a complete flop. I am told this could have been because of birds eating the new shoots as soon as they emerge from the ground or nematodes eating the plants from below. I strongly suspect it was the latter, as when I began regular dosing of the area with rhubarb tea, things immediately improved! By then, though, only the nettles continued growing as the weather was far too hot and dry for the others to sprout when replanted.
Below is a view of the sunnier, front of the Veggie Garden. That’s the Fraser River down below, and you can see the poles that support the wire fence that keeps neighbourhood dogs out of the garden. In the distance are squash plants while there are melons and nasturtiums in the island bed in the centre. On the right are cucumbers.
This year I plan to plant a pear tree with several varieties grafted onto it in the middle of the island bed with tomatoes around it. At the fence the ground drops off in a couple of stages to the driveway. That region gets little water and blistering sun for most of the day so I try to put indigenous shrubs or ones that are suited for xeriscape gardens – sagebrush, cacti (natives), sedums and sempervivums and a few bulbs.
So now we’ve made it around the house and the only area left is that driveway into the garage at the other side of the house. Right now it is blocked with my huge pile of wood chips, but that is where the trial pepper plants will go in their big pots this season.