Flower bed in the back
yard, close to the house. Poplar trees and a Crepe Myrtle by them. A
Honeysuckle bush can hardly be seen. Mother gave this to me, year 1985. I
have separated it once for a bush in front and one back here. The large
leaf dark Cannas, orange Day Lily and yellow four 0'clocks. Years ago I
had a Mexican man come out to help me with the yard. He told me, "This
soil is so poor you cannot hope to grow anything on it if you don't build
This he proceeded to do with a pick ax. By feeding these beds with mulch,
potting soil, and kitchen scraps all winter long I have been able to build
the soil in them. He dug down and instead of a raised bed they were a
lowered bed which allows the water to run into them and hold it, instead
of rushing off this hill. I recently watched a documentary of scientists
who were studying the soil the Incas used on their hillside gardens. They
discovered that the rich places were built up with charcoal which holds
the nutrients in the ground instead of letting wash off. I bought some
charcoal briquettes and will add to these beds this year.
Under the Cedar trees before we trimmed them
up. This ground is very rich and the tomato plants, squash are doing well.
These are acid loving plants.
A mullein plant is at the corner of this bed my daughter readied for
winter brocolli plants
The same bed from a different angle. Because I broke my foot early in the
spring my daughter had to take these beds over. She did a very good job
with mulch, tiling and cleaning them up.