There is a little patio off the kitchen and it has a hideous little bit of trellis. I call it the Herbary because I love to give grand names to little things in hopes of seeing them more grandly. This year, I determined to make this ugly little space a charming and functional spot and I am working towards that goal with plants of course. The patio serves as a plant "nursery" where I start seeds, move plants to bigger pots and compost kitchen scraps and garden trimmings. It ALSO serves as our little lunch/dinner spot on nice days and also hosts the grill. It is a hard-working little space that needed a little dressing up! Thanks goes out to Bonnie Plants, A.M. Leonard and Good Dirt for sponsoring portions of this post.
|We are starting to get somewhere, but she stills looks a bit naked, doesn't she?|
When we first moved in, I started these two compost boxes under the trellises. For over a year now, egg shells, chicken droppings, leaves and other compostable materials went into the boxes. This year, when I turned the soil, it was beautiful, rich and ready to plant. I planted simple garden peas and morning glories (Heavenly Blue) to twine up and around the trellis along with lettuces, radishes and such in the front of the boxes. This area receives quite a bit of shade and stays cool in the summer, so I am hoping the cool season peas and lettuces will keep performing. As summer progressed, I added a couple of tomato plants that have worked their way into the trellis and get a large amount of sun on the backside of the trellis. The first tomato plant was a happy accident, but I think I might continue to plant tomatoes here in the rich box soil.
|Those are iris stem cuttings helping the pea shoots twine up to get onto the trellis!|
Another product I HAD to sneak in here is a fantastic little soil knife from A. M. Leonard. As part of the P. Allen Smith event, each blogger/press/personality received a knife and I have used it at least every other day since getting it home. I have often mentioned my love of hori-horis here at the Nest, but this particular knife comes with a carrying case that makes it all the more convenient. It cuts, saws and digs small holes for "in-between" plantings which basically means the shovel (and my back) gets a break. One of the best little chores this knife does is a quick rip to open bags of soil, compost or mulch.
Back to the soil though -- Good Dirt uses "bog bits", a recycled by-product
|See that little birdhouse on the post? We watched baby house wrens hatched and released from there this spring!|