Garden pics while the instillator does the plumbing fix
So let’s start out with a big over-view picture of the back garden for orientation purposes and then get up close and personal with some of the little plants. In the picture below you can see the kind of soil (aka cement masquerading as sand) I started out with in the garden last summer. Yeah that hard-packed stuff with scrubby weeds growing on it. To the right, in front of the big bush, are three tomato plants and the sweet pepper plant. Next to the big bush are the three nice pots my neighbours gifted me and that I plan to nest an aubergine (eggplant) plant into each, perhaps along with a flower. Hidden behind the big bush, are three more tomato plants. Off to the left in the garden are the yellow onions my Ema sent, lots of little newly started from seed plants, three more tomato plants and the others we’ll take a closer look at. Out of frame on the left, along the fence, I’ve got two tomato plants and plan to put a combination of okra and more cucumbers.
Here’s a closer pic of the main back garden area. I said above that there are three tomato plants behind the big bush but in truth there are four. If you look to the right, behind the front edging of flowers, you can see one of the sturdy volunteers. I’d planned to move it…somewhere… but then saw it was flowering this morning and so I promised it that it could stay. The flowers are going like gangbusters and I’ve still got one more marigold I need to find a home for. Between the flowers and the tomato volunteer, you can see two of the new eggplant seedlings. Compare them, in the ground for only a week, to the eggplant seedlings in the little pots at the front (left) — they were planted all at the same time. Being in the ground makes for happy aubergine plants. The thyme (just behind the flowers on the left) is seriously bushing out.
Another morning surprise — there is a big ole cucumber ready for harvesting! I plan to leave it another day, however, since I’ve still got the free cucumbers coming out of my ears. In another week, I’ll have a nice garden batch to share with the neighbours. Not shown in any of these pictures are another 9 tomato plants scattered about the yard, the herbs, roses, etc.
Ahh, the gardener’s easel. This is a patch that I dug up last weekend in the front yard. It is in shade in the morning (as seen here) but gets good afternoon sun from around 2 or so on. I plan to put some okra and a couple of eggplants here.
This is also in the front (yeah, trash thrown over the wall, there). I plan to dig this up and also put okra and perhaps some susans here. It gets good afternoon sunlight and very early morning sunlight.
AND the instillator just left and assures me that I can shower without fear of re-creating Noah’s flood. He was utterly charmed by Batya and Little Mouse. I guess it is a testament to my good, under the conditions, housekeeping that he was floored when I told him I had 18 in here. He saw Tzofia limping along on her three legs and wanted to know her story and when I told him about Batya being thrown out of a moving car in Beer Sheva as a tiny kitten and how I bought a backpack to carry her home on the train, he got really choked up and literally was wiping at tears. He has a dog and would like a cat but doesn’t think the dog would be on board with that. He is going to ask around to fellow animal loving friends and see if any would like to adopt from my brood. Cross fingers!
There are a few more new garden pictures over on the photostream for anyone interested. Of the three pics currently on my blog’s flickr photostream, the first one is of the kudzu-like plant with the pretty morning flowers. I love the flowers, I just wish the plant didn’t try to take over the entire yard…