My current home doesn't have a verandah but I'd like it to! A long porch surrounding the entire house. With a porch swing, potted blueberry plants, and a long strong dog laying at my feet. The sweet smell of lrosemary and freshly-turned soil wafting across my yard. The chickens clucking contentedly as they scratch for goodies in the fertile dirt. Knowing we have a full root cellar, trees in the orchard about to drop their bounty, and soup made all from hand-picked harvests bubbling in the crockpot. Heaven.

Please move with me over to my current blog, ... thank you!

A Special Garden Plan

With all of the Harry Potter and now the Percy Jackson and Spiderwick Chronicles and other magickal books out there, our 13 year old does indeed believe in the POSSIBILITY of magic or something more than we can see, hear and touch. That's ok.... Hubby and I do too. So in the back corner of our 2 acres, where we were already planning an herb garden, we've decided to plant a "faery garden". Interestingly enough, when I googled that phrase, it seems that these are becoming very popular. Hmmm.

Ok, I'm sure some of you are (1) thinking we're completely weird and will never enter this blog again and/or (2) .... nope, either you'll think we're weird or you'll give us the benefit of the doubt for enjoying being a little "out there". We do consider ourselves weird and wonderful, because being different is much more fun than being like everyone else! Read on, if you'd like.

About 2 years ago, when we were scavenging for wood to make 2x2 frames to hold some of our garden in our last house. We came upon a large amount, I guess about 100 of those boards. I hammered together 4 to make each frame, and used them for mini raised-beds. Very successfully too. For my first year of real gardening, we did VERY well. Only recently did we eat the last of our black turtle beans that we grew that year.

When we sold the house and moved, I took them all apart so we could stack and store the boards easier. Now I'm thinking that I'll hammer them back together, and in that back patch of our 2-acres, I'm going to create a "spiral". Well, as much of a spiral as can be done with straight edges!

In the center of the spiral will be the final 2x2 box (4 square feet) where the faery garden will be. With creeping thyme, pebbles, walnut shells, and perhaps we'll paint a ceramic fairy for the center.

The other boxes will have our perennial herbs, like oregano, soapwort, lavender, hyssop, sage, lamb's ears and much more.

Surrounding the spiral will be heirloom roses (which Hubby wants for rose-hips nd I want to make jam or to scent my homemade soap), blackberry brambles, perhaps some of the colonnade apple trees, and maybe even one of the weeping willows I really want (to make baskets).

Near that part of the back is a deep pit someone had dug and surrounded with dirt and a few rocks. No clue what they used it for, but we've decided that instead of filling in the hole and using it for planting, we're going to keep it. Perhaps make the rocks more sturdy for sitting. In the middle of the pit, we're going to place a fire thingy, like maybe an iron outdoor fire pit. Where during our annual harvest (Autumn) party, we'll have a fire going where we'll pluck off ears of corn growing around us and char them to perfection. Or bake yummy things in clay pots. So much fun!

We're excited about this! This plan will cut down space we could use to grow grains but we'll figure out something.


fullfreezer said...

Hmm, I hadn't thought of making an herb spiral using raised bed boxes. We were going to make a spiral using bricks and I'm planning a larger bed for wildflowers with medicinal/tea uses. Now I'll have to think about the raised bed idea....

Vikki said...

Judy: and here I was thinking your idea with bricks might be a good idea. But we already have the wood for the boxes. Lots to think about. Thanks. Vikki