6.25.10 Garden Update: Plantation

Front in progress 790 xxx
photos by george billard
By some miracle, I think all our landscaping will be complete by the time guests arrive for our annual 4th of July bash! A lot of planning and hard work went into a series of new stone paths that divide up our little property into new beds for planting. We also added a second, fenced-in raised bed for more vegetables; it encloses my medicinal herbs as well (angelica, lady's mantle, borage, bee balm, catnip, anise hyssop, rosemary, lavender) which were rabbit fodder last year. We are so happy to have found Mike D. from Catskill Native Nursery in Kerhonkson to oversee the design and installation of a gorgeous selection of native plants that have already brought us more bees, butterflies and birds. Some highlights: a berry patch with raspberries, blueberries, elderberries, gooseberries and red and black currants; honeysuckle; aromatic sumac; native grasses; a bed of sunflowers; wild roses. As things settle in and spread out, I'll get G to take more photos, but just wanted you to see the work in progress.
Front paths 790 xxx
new front paths
Front plantings 790 xxx
front plantings
Planting 790 xxx
Mike D. surveying his handiwork
Back garden before 790 xxx
getting started on the back (note just one raised bed)
Back garden overhead 790 xxx
new paths in back
2nd raised bed 790 xxx
second raised bed
Tomatoes 790 xxx
G's tomatoes staked in new raised bed


Your homestead habitat is looking great! When everything grows in, you'll be amazed by how many more birds, bees and butterflies show up (but hopefully no more bears)!
Suzinn on June 25, 2010 at 8:18 am —
Your place looks great! We're off for a week at a friend's cottage in Ogunquit! I can't wait. Congrats on your hard work. :-)
Rob Lee on June 26, 2010 at 2:26 am —
Thanks, Rob! I have a wonderful time in the glorious outdoors!
laura on June 26, 2010 at 4:41 am —
you have such a beautiful home, laura. x shayma
shayma on June 28, 2010 at 11:06 am —
You are welcome in it any time! xo
laura on June 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm —