Gardening is a big part of our life. I have been passionate about flower gardening since we purchased our first home as a newly married couple. I started planting flowers in my new back yard and haven’t slowed down much since.
The soil at our house is a heavy clay soil except for the area around the barn. The soil around the barn is very rich, most likely the result of years of composted manure from the cow yard. Any other area that I want to plant requires modification to the soil.
My main perennial gardens are right in front of our house and we amended the soil by bringing in a lot of rich black dirt. Last year we installed black edging and a brick border around these flower beds. Each year I divide plants, move things around, remove plants, etc. It is a never-ending process of adjusting and is part of the fun of gardening for me.
Our vegetable garden continues to evolve each year. We started out with an open garden plot just south of our barn where the soil is the richest and there is full sun.
The flaw in this design was that our free-ranging chickens were relentless in eating our crops. They love raspberries, tomatoes, an all young plants. It turns out our dog likes tomatoes and raspberries too. Weird, huh? So, we decided to build a fence to keep out dogs and chickens a few years ago. We fenced in a 40′ x 40′ area.
The fence has worked out great and each year we continue to make adjustments to our vegetable garden, trying new things and removing things from our list of items to grow for the next year.
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