My 2018 garden

I'll be adding photos as time permits, no set schedule.

After living here for 12 years, and having sporadic fits of garden enthusiasm, this year I decide to actually get serious about it. And document it as well. Since I have only narrow windowsills on the north and west sides of the house, no windows at all on the east and only sliding glass doors on the south.

The first project was to install shelving by the best south light, in the dining room.

I germinated all the seeds in damp paper towels. After gernination, I transferred the seedlings to potting soil in egg cartons. When the seedlings had at least three sets of leaves, they were transferred to coir pots, without removing them from the egg carton secion to avoid disturbing the rootlets. Thes coir pots can be easily separated and planted directly into the garden. The plants will send their roots throug the coir, which will decompose and help feed the plants.

For some reason, I don't have photos of the starts of my pepper plants, but there will be three varieties of pepper: Ancho, Jalapeno, and New Mexico.


Cannabis Sativa Annie

Cannabis Sativa Jimmy

Holy Basil

Tomato, San Marzano

St Johns Wort

White Yarrow

The outside garden will be in four parts: Citrus, Orchard, Herbs and Vegetables.There are two raised beds devoted to vegetables, one raised bed and one other bed devoted to herbs. The Cannabis plants will be divided between on of the herb beds and several large pots.

The Orchard, aka The Rose and Jewel Woodland Fruit Grotto Copse. My sister Julie suggested I turn an unused (and rather ugly) part of the back yard into a fruit orchard. When I mentioned it on Facebook as "The Julie Allen Memoral Orchard" she balked, saying "I'm still alive!!" So we sort of mashed up the new name. The 2018 verrsion of the orchard will contain a Blenheim Apricot, a Fuji Apple and a Weeping Santa Rosa Plum.  All are Ultra Dwarf trees (from Summerwinds Nursery) that will grow to only 5'-8' tall and 4' wide, perfect for patios and, in my case, pots. No worries about roots undermining the house; no need to amend the heavy clay soil.

About 10 years ago, I planted a Meyer Lemon and a Valencia Oranga, neither of which produced flowers or fruit for a few years. The orange still has not produced any and will find itself ripped out by the roots as soon as I get a replacement for it! The lemon started producing about 2 years ago and while it is still tiny (not even 3' tall) I usually get 20 or more wonderful sweet Meyer lemons from it. About 4 years ago I purchased a dwarf Eureka lemon and put it in a large pot near the house. It has consistently given me lemons all year 'round and has earned its place.
This is the iffy-est part of the garden. I don't have much patience for plants that are high maintenance. On the other hand, there is nothing quite like a perfectly ripe tomato, still warm from the sun, all dripping and juicy -- so I do keep trying. Last year I had some luck with peppers so decided to try three varieties this year. Any that actually ripen will be dried and or smoked for chipotle. My gardener filled one of the raised beds with Fava Beans last autumn and there should be a nice harvest soon. I underplanted that bed with carrots and beets for later in the summer.
The curvey herb bed is also a bit sporadic. Rosemary and Lavender thrive, as do White Sage, Comfrey and Calendula. A couple of different Mints escaped their pots over the years and mingle together with the Catnip. The raised bed for herbs has a couple of nicely established Calendulas and some California Poppy. This will become home to the Borage, Yarrow, St Johns Wort and Holy Basil.
Since my Cannibis this year will all be grown from seeds, which form tap roots, rather than clones (which don't), I want to put as many as possible directly in the ground. On the other hand, putting some into pots that can be shifted around according to light and water conditions, will be a hedge on the bet.

Page created 11 March 2018; last updated 11 March 2018