Sunday, June 07, 2009

A Changing Front Yard

In 2006 our front yard looked like this:


Now, after some expense, much toil, and time to grow, it looks like this:



It used to be that I hardly ever looked out my front window because I would only be looking at a parking pad or our truck. Now the Venus dogwood is in full bloom and I have all kinds of treasured plants tucked here and there and I spend lots of time gazing out the window, enjoying what I see and trying to decide what new plants to add. Also in front, although not as attractive, is my experiment at straw bale gardening (I explained it in a post last fall). It does take a lot of water as other people had warned. It was unusually hot here last week. It felt more like Hawaii than Seattle and I watered three times. The biggest surprise is the lettuce that is thriving in front of the bales. I planted it as an afterthought. We have had two or three salads off of it already! In the bales are two pepper plants, a tomato and a pumpkin plant, also a few bachelor buttons and some beets.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great before and after photos! I didn't follow the hay bale procedure but it looks and sounds interesting. Very beautiful entrance to your home :) Lisa

Rosemary said...

Teresa that is a terrific change. Very nice.

Teresa said...

OK Lisa, just for you I added a link explaining straw bale gardening. Your forest soil is so rich and your back is plenty strong so you probably do not need to consider straw bales.

Chase said...

love the difference! can you come over to Hawai'i and do a makeover to our yard?

Mrs4444 said...

That's really interesting; I've never heard of straw bale gardening. Cool!