Other than the changes in the garden my personal change has to do with an accident I had while on a fishing outing with my Mom last week. I stepped into a hole and did some major damage to my right foot. For the rest of the summer I am pretty much confined to a wheel chair and a walker. Luckily the majority of my garden is completed. What I can't finish up within the confines of my temporary disability will have to be put on hold until I'm back to 100% mission capable status.
Without further adieu here are the changes and updates since my last post
This old rubber tub was once used as a watering trough for pigs. I punched a few holes in the bottom, raised it up on some broken bricks and today it is home for a tomato plant, tarragon and chives.
I had an empty space between the east side beds and initially wasn't sure what to do with it. This old fountain's water pump had expired and replacing it cost more than I had originally paid for the whole thing. So I punched a few holes in the bottom, added some of Mel's mix and created another home for a tomato plant.
As you can see, it didn't take very long to fill it up.
My work area was created using pvc pipe, a tarp for shade, two tables that we once used for camping and little hangers that I picked up at the hardware store and attached to the fence. Under the tables I stacked the materials needed for filling the beds. I added a garbage can for trash, a larger garbage can with a lid for storing excess and recycled potting mix and I keep a bucket for composting scraps. My garden tools are hung on the fence and little plastic bins are used to keep seeds and other necessities dry. Unfortunatley since I took this picture, we have had several thunderstorms come through and wiped out my canopy so now my work area is uncovered and I'm contemplating on what else I can use for a shaded work zone.
With garden budget at rock bottom and still needing more mulch for the paths between my beds I convinced hubby to it was time to complete this yardly task of trimming some trees and opening up a portion of the back yard. After all we had spent good money on his chain saw and Troy Built chipper/shredder some years ago. I felt it was way past time to put them to some good use.
Opening up this area provided us with plenty of mulch material as you'll see in later photos and shady yard space. The smell of cedar is wonderful in the garden and I've noticed it has been a deterrant for bugs.
As I have mentioned earlier, as I worked my garden it elvolved, changed and morphed into my own little world within this big bad world. Another thing my little world needed was a quiet reflecting spot. A spot that I needed at the end of a long day to sit back reflect and listen to birds. I refinished this old park bench, added some potted plantings and a little table for propping your feet up on. In the cornor behind the bench is a bucket planted with sunflowers. The two 'window' planters have cardinal climbers planted in them twining their way down the fence.
This is the last area of my garden that I need to develop. As it is now I just have one bed built for this section before disaster befell me. What I did have were window boxes and plants that I had already purchased for them. After my accident I knew that I was not mobile enough to tend to all the window boxes on my house so I moved them to the square foot garden and planted them there. They help fill in the empty spots and add more color and interest to the garden.
When I was laying out my garden design and actually placing my raised beds I allowed for extra space between the beds in the event I wanted to add something down the line. Now I am glad that I did because I wanted more structure and elements in my garden than just a bunch of square boxes. Here I added a large garden pot which are filled with annuals, a left over mum from last fall and I added a shepherd's hook my husband made for me with a bird feeder. In the back ground is a bird bath. Even with these extra elements I have plenty of room to move around my garden with a garden cart and even my wheel chair and walker.
One thing I find fun about gardening is all the little things you can find for your garden. I love buying little critters to tuck in and round the beds. My major theme being bunnies, butterflies and birds. As you can see from my photos my plants like them as well and grow happily among my little trinkets.
The finishing touches on my garden's entrance way leave a lot to be desired. Right now I just have a couple of hanging baskets suspended from the archway until the cucumbers grow enough to cover it. My wonderful husband has designed a brick layout for my entrance. The bricks will be some 1908 antique Coffeyville KS pavers that he acquired from a construction job in Augusta KS some years ago. I think these pavers will be an excellent nostalgic touch to my garden. Once this phase of the garden is finished I'll be sure to post more pictures.
Although I doubt my garden will ever be "finished", one of the last and probably most important aspects is going to be my irrigation system. Right before my accident I attached a supply hose to the entire perimater of my garden. I plan to tap into this supply line to construct individual drip watering systems to each garden bed and container. This watering system will be controlled by a timer so that even when I am not able to get out to the garden to hand water my plants will not go thirsty.
As I sign off for today I would like to add a footnote about my recent perspective on life and my life in the garden. I never fully understood the struggle that a disabled person encountered on a daily basis until I too became disabled. I am fortunate that my disability will be short lived. My experience so far has shown me that even the simplest tasks become major efforts. It has just been a reminder not to take for granted the little things each day.
In the garden perspective - square foot gardening is a wonderful avenue for folks with disabilities. I don't have waist high beds but the raise beds and wide paths that I have make it possible for me to garden this summer when all my other recreation activities have been eliminated.
Until next time...Happy Gardening!