When I was growing up my father owned a wholesale nursery, which he operated on a part time basis from our backyard. My mother was and still is, at the age of 95, an active and avid gardener. So I suppose gardening is in my genes.
Most of the things I show you are sewing related, but when I'm not sewing or blogging, more often than not, I can be found out in the garden. Today I thought I'd show you around our backyard.
Both Mr TMW and I enjoy walking around our rather large block (¾ acre), but Mr TMW doesn't count gardening as one of his hobbies. For me, it's a passion!!! He'll happily do heavy work - constructing paths or moving things, but he dislikes re-doing things. The upside of this, is that I pretty much get to design the gardens however I want.
The black plastic is a bit of an experiment. In theory, it will remain for six months and when removed (and stored for future use), the ground will be devoid of weeds. We'll see if this works better than my usual method of chipping weeds out and mulching heavily. The plan is to extend a path and plant either side with deciduous trees, which will one day form an archway.
As you can imagine, with our hot Summer weather (41ºC ~ 106ºF yesterday), managing water is a priority. Everything is heavily mulched and we supplement the town water with rain water and treated wastewater.
We are fortunate to live in a semi rural district, with our neighbours to the front and the back providing us with spectacular views of their farmland.
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