I’ve been so busy lately working on moving the blog to it’s new site that I’ve not taken the time to tell you about all of the things that have been happening around Johnny’s Garden lately. Like the first of this years seeds arriving in the mail a few weeks back.
These come from Seeds of Change I like buying from them because they are a local company out of Santa Fe. This will be the first year that we’ve planted seeds from this catalog, but I expect to be pleased with results.
Then there is the new garden gate Don built and installed last week to give us simpler access to the chicken coops, garden and greenhouse.
And we’ve knocked down all the fences in the back yard that were sectioning everything off. Now the area is open and a garden retreat planned for the area complete with grape arbor, roses, ponds and an abundance of flowers. Here is a before and after comparison. This first picture was taken when we moved in last year. See all the fences underneath the green?
And now, a much clearer if more barren landscape.
Now, if you were to say to me “that doesn’t look better at all” I would be inclined to agree with you. But the green will come back, soon. And really there wasn’t much back there worth salvaging. The trellis that you cant really see at the end of the sidewalk, we’ve saved and will reinstall it when the proper place for it presents itself. The rose bushes which you can’t see in the first picture either, have been pruned and will be much better this year for the attention. Most notably the grape vines which you CAN see in the first picture have been pruned back dramatically; they were so overgrown that there really wasn’t any alternative, and now we can train them to a new arbor that we will be making soon. Stay tuned and see how this area is transformed over the next year or two…
Speaking of transformations, check out the greenhouse!
Greenhouse builder posing impatiently for the camera.
And a few other amazing transformations. Forsythia cuttings I made the first week of February to bring a little spring into our lives early
now look like this.
And Baby our only surviving chick from 4th street, has laid her first tiny egg.