Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Secret Garden

I know I've done a slew of outdoor posts lately but I'm just so excited about the warm weather!

Today I want to show you my favorite part of our tiny lot.  It's my secret herb and veggie garden.  

It's actually a really bizarre story how this garden came to be.  When we bought our house we noticed something odd about the fence on the right hand side of it, next to the garage.  Apparently the neighbors who used to live on that side had asked the previous owner of our house if they could build their fence up against our garage on both sides.  
This is a very old picture of our house, (we never saw it with this roof) but you can see on the right side the neighbor's fence attaches to our garage.  Basically we couldn't get past that fence and on the back of the garage they had another one, so that part of our property was in their yard and we couldn't get to it in any way.  With such a small lot, I'm thinking every little bit matters!

Fortunately when we bought the house, the neighbors living there happened to be former dance students of mine!  I had also photographed their wedding so we went waaaay back already.  They were totally understanding when we mentioned the possibility of bringing that area back into our yard.

And the herb garden was born!
You can see we used the fencing that used to be there to build part of the new fence to block this area off from the neighbor's yard.  The original blocking section of fence on the back is still there but hopefully someday we'll make it a gate as well so we can enter from the backyard.

Now it looks like this...
This is still an older photo but here you can see the new white picket gate (made by yours truly!) hiding behind the bushes.  Today those viburnums are so large the gate is completely hidden.

Rounding the corner of the garage I'm greeted by a happy clematis growing up its trellis and a charming little gate.
It's amazing the amount you can grow in such a small area (with lots of sun)!  This little garden supplies us with Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Mint, Oregano, Lavender, Chives, Basil, Sage, Thyme, Cilantro, Lettuce, Cabbage, Peppers, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Strawberries, Raspberries and Arugula through the summer...some more successfully than others!
Tomorrow more garden pics and how to make charming herb markers for under $2!

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