Potted Garden Week 1
I don't have much of a yard, and what little yard I do have is indiscriminately mowed by massive machines once a week, so it's difficult to try planting something in the ground without the mower guys coming and reducing anything and everything into mulch. What I do have is a very large deck, and the means to put lots of pots full of dirt everywhere. I even have a cool little privacy fence as seen on the picture above that I intend to use for climbing plants like ivy.
The intention of my garden is mainly to grow vegetables and herbs, but I also like funky flowers and plants so I plan to assemble this garden piecemeal. For no reason that I want to get into other than that I've been on this anti-corporatist kick I've tried to find locally grown plants from smaller garden shops and landscaping businesses in the area and have tried to avoid brands like Bonnie from stores such as Walmart and Home Depot. I have found a few cool plants and flowers on clearance at Walmart though; working at a grocery store with a floral department and knowing their fate if nobody buys them it's almost like bringing home a stray puppy.
The chimes were a gift for Jen last year. These chimes have a beautiful and rich tone and add a relaxing ambience to our yard. They're Chimes of Earth by Woodstock chimes. I found these at the Green Earth Emporium here in Knoxville.
Stanley's Greenhouse, Lily's aloe plant in a coconut head planter thing, Italian oregano, rosemary (for soup this fall, oh yeah!) catnip, and an orange mint plant. The last pot on the right has a bulb I found in my spare soil. I don't know what it is and I'll never find out because a chipmunk dug it up and ran off with it.
Our neighbor said there used to be a red tailed hawk living here before the neighborhood became more populated. We've also seen a peregrin falcon sitting on the very railing in the photo above. We have a couple of chipmunks that chase each other around the deck, the squirrels empty the bird feeders, and the raccoons scour for food every night (we had a mother and baby raccoon frequent us a couple of years ago!). I've seen some opossum up here too.
So, this is the garden as of the 1st of May. More updates in the future as the garden grows! Gardening tips are always welcome!
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