As I was putting together Friday’s post, I started looking through old photos of the turnaround garden. It was amazing to me to see how far it’s come–even though I’ve been here for all of it. I had to share it with all of you.
The turnaround started out as mountain goat territory. Rocks, mounds of dirt and weeds made a very unattractive scene right outside our front door.
Allow me to illustrate the scale of our “mountains.” (And the pile of crap at the old firepit in the background. Ugh.)
We did nothing to it the whole first year we lived here. Finally, in spring 2013, our farmer came by with his big tractor and flattened things out for us. Hello, Easter.
I enriched the soil with lots and lots of manure.
And my parents helped with mixing it into the soil and picking out rocks.
Wiley, Matt, Easter and I dug out a path across the turnaround.
Then I laid a herringbone brick path.
And Baxter joined the family in time to be part of the project, helping to fill the joints with sand.
Then things got a little weedy (a lot weedy). The turnaround is huge–the size of a suburban backyard. I just couldn’t keep up with it.
At the beginning of spring 2014, I had given up on half the turnaround. Matt mowed the weeds. The other half was still weedy at the beginning of May, but I went to work.
By the end of May, the turnaround was planted (half of it, at least).
And this year, it looks like an actual garden. (And I’m already starting to think about the other half).
I am amazed how much the plants have filled out in just one year. Everything in the garden, including the bench, the birdbath and the brick path, came from the farm or from family (except for the plants you saw on Friday). Transplanting and splitting–and a lot of hard work–have made this huge garden come together nearly for free.
The most important element of gardening in my opinion though is patience. Gardens take time to grow. But the payoff is huge. I’m so glad that I’m able to take a look back and realize how far we’ve come.
Do you keep track of your garden’s progress through the years? Who else has a garden that’s taken awhile to come together?