Gardening at the Top Gun Abode
The garden at our house, aka, The Top Gun Abode, has really taken off this year. After two full spring and summer seasons here, I'm starting to figure out what works in the landscaping, what comes back each year and what could still be added to the spaces I have. With all the rain we had this season I'm happy to report my garden is bursting out all over the place. There are a few spots that need some work - pulling out plants that aren't growing well or are in places not quite suited to the plant's needs. It's still a learning curve. The biggest area for me to tackle this year is the odd pocket garden we have in our back entrance corner of our yard. It's a spot that doesn't get full sun and the edges don't get rain since the house eaves don't permit the rains to soak into those spots. The learning curve continues….
|The garden in May - planted lettuces, tomatoes, beans and some herbs.|
|Here we are in July! Tomatoes have taken over the plot!|
|My meager attempt at starting some lettuces from seeds. They grew,|
but didn't take off - as I started them too late and then they got dwarfed by other plants.
|Spring planting and blooming. This was before the rain and hot spells|
Full sun spots towards the immediate back of the house.
The yard is nicely fenced with a large privacy fence. The entire patio space is cement but there is a two foot border around the entire perimeter that is spaced out with dirt and is filled with plants and flowers.
|Hardy Perennial Hibiscus|
|I turned the wall fountain into a planter. |
The fountain motor broke but the rest was too pretty to waste!
|Tiki Torches in French Umbrella Stands - filled the bottom with rocks and sand,|
topped with dirt and centered a pvc pipe in the center to hold the tiki torch.
Added plants for color and beauty!
|Patio tomato plant. I bought it fairly well-grown and it's gotten 3 or 4 times bigger.|
|Cucumbers! One plant has done well. I think I have 3 or 4 cucs growing now!|
|Zucchini Plant. I'm not sure if it will ever produce. |
This baby zuc died before it reached maturity.
I didn't even have a chance to pick it and eat a baby "heirloom" zucchini!
|My jalapenos are doing very well. I picked three before I went on vacation and there are three more growing!|
|My herb garden on my back porch is doing well. 2 kinds of basil; |
lemon thyme; parsley; cilantro (not fairing well) and tarragon.
Perfect for popping out of the kitchen and grabbing a handful of fresh herbs every day.
|My Morning Glories. The seeds are either from my South Philly garden, 2 years old now, or seeds I picked up from plants that I would spot around town. In either case, once you have morning glories, you have them for life!|
|Garden Critters - found 4 of these uglies on my tomato plants. This horn worm with eggs was the first I spotted. I found three more the next day.|