05 June 2011

the start of a backyard garden

I haven't posted in a while because my husband and I have been consumed with moving to our new house. We bought a house in the North Philly neighborhood of East Kensington. It's exciting, but now we have a lot of work in front of us.

My first project to tackle is the garden. We have a small lawn -- about 12' by 18' -- on top of which I'm building 3 raised beds (sized 4' x 8', 2' x 8', and 4' x 6'). I'm leaving enough room around the beds to give our dog a little space of his own. I'm also planting perennial flowers around the fence. It's going to take some time to fill the beds since plan to take advantage of the free compost at the Fairmount Recycling Center. Since you can only take 30 gallons at one time, I'll be making a lot of trips.

I've sent a soil sample to the soil testing lab at UMass Amherst. I'm pretty sure the results won't be good. Apparently, there was a shoe polish factory not far from me. I can only imagine what contaminants live in the soil.

Here's what the garden-in-progress looks like.

(I'm lining the beds and the rest of the lawn with cardboard. I'll add wood chip to mulch the paths. -- Next to the beds are potato and strawberry plants).

I'm still maintaining a small container garden. I've transplanted sage, rosemary, parsley, thyme, oregano, peppers, and basil -- all which I started in late winter at my South Philly house.)


  1. looks like a good start
    more pics

  2. Looking good! Envious of that "little" backyard.

  3. What a great start! I can't wait to see how it turned out after almost a year.

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