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Changing Fred into Fred-jables
Just thinking out loud for a few minutes on an idea that came to mind last night, or I should say really early this morning.
What if I transplant most of the plants from the backyard to the front yard over the fall and winter and turn the backyard into a vegie garden? I have gotten so interested in having our own fresh vegies from looking at the harvest pictures of Sjoerd and EJ. I have always wanted to grow potatoes, I have grown Okra and Blackeyed Peas successfully, tried corn and squash and failed....tried growing them in a summer that became one of the hottest and driest on record...but want to try again. There are a few other vegies I would like to try. And watching our grocery bill get higher and higher and the quality of the produce diminishing...especially when there have been quite a few problems with Salmonella outbreaks because of the poor hygiene practices of the pickers, growers and processors.
Some plants will have to stay out back, specifically the rose bushes, hibiscus plants and the Fig tree. But everything else can be moved while it is dormant or just breaking leaf in early spring. I may have to wait until early spring on some so I can find them ;)
The process can not even begin until Fall and hopefully at that time we will get rain to make the soil workable. So I have plenty of time before then to work out a garden design plan .....but then I have never been very good at planning things out so I will probably wind up just digging holes and sticking the plants in....but I do want to put some paths in before planting this time.
It's just something I am thinking about, probably wouldn't involve the whole backyard but the center portion where the main garden is at least. There are a lot of plants but I think I can do it.
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Sounds like a good plan to me! If anyone can do it, girl you can!!
I agree with what she said! But should add, traditional cottage gardens mix the edibles right in with the ornamentals, maybe let some flowers stay and plant edibles in between? Can make for a naturally pest-free veg garden (like the obvious one, marigolds around veggies to repel insects. That sort of thing) Just a thot.
Sounds like an exciting project, toni. :D I think it's a wonderful plan. Good luck with it.
I think that would be awesome, and just what CP said, there are alot of plants you wouldn't need to transplant. You have all those different types of thymes and balms, that would help with companion planting to veggies. I'm sure you have ediable flowers also, keep those with your veggies because they do help with the insects.
Could be a good idea Toni, if you do decide to convert Fred remember to keep a photo diary :)
Oh I like that idea Toni. You will have all your own home-grown veggies and they'll taste so much better than those shop bought ones. To cut down on pests and diseases will you be companion planting by any chance?
I went to sleep last night making plans for the move.
Sounds like a wonderful idea to me toni.I will be waiting for pictures.
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