When we lived in the Bay Area, I was inspired by a documentary entitled, “A Lot in Common” about the efforts of a group of people who worked together in a community garden. Soon, I had a plot of my own. My yields weren’t crazy, but I was hooked on the relaxing effects of being in a quiet place, and the miracle of growing food (even if it was a few snap peas or a bunch of dill) for yourself.
I stopped going, though, after I had two kids. It was just too hard to make the drive in Bay Area traffic, and the places we lived didn’t have backyards. I wrote in my journal in 2010, “All I want is a house. With a yard. And a garden.”
Just over a year later, I am surprised to find ourselves in an entirely different state, where we not only have a house with a yard, but a big yard, and one that has two rock-bordered plots already laid out. As I write this introduction, it is February 2012. I have my packets of seeds, and am about to dig up soil to send to one of the extension service labs to test. This page is a log of my efforts, my dreams, my failures, and the things I am learning along the way.
Here are a few pictures of my backyard as it stands in March 2012.
And here it is for the months to follow:
Here are my posts on my attempts to build a lasagna garden in 2012.
Here are my 2013 garden plans.