Hi again, it's Nicole from @rootedgarden
This is a little snap of my backyard garden. Once I tasted fresh salad greens from the garden, I was hooked.
The plants were small, low-maintenance, and so productive.
And the taste was so different from that bagged stuff at the store.
All that goodness is what made me want to create SALAD SCHOOL-an online course that teaches you all the details on creating and growing your own salad garden.
I'd love for you to get hooked on salad greens too (it's a safe addiction!)
This week, I'm giving away 5 scholarships to my course AND a cedar garden kit.
So, tag a friend below and go to the link in my profile @rootedgarden to enter your email for a chance to win.
I love this quick concept sketch by @dylan__who of our phase 1 game plan: raised beds with cold frames on the lower terraces near the house. Because we live on a slope, our soils are thin above quite a bit of rock which would impede many root vegetable crops. Our solution is to construct beds two feet deep, with the back wall of each built into the terrace above. The back wall of each bed will be fine gauge wire mesh to keep any critters out while allowing water from above terraces to seep in, supplying roots with necessary moisture in our arid climate. This is one small way we’ve come up with to implement water-wise features for growing food in the high desert—it appears the resulting joy we’re feeling has us dancing an old disco jig in the walkway here!
Our little Texas Mountain Laurel trees are beginning bloom! When the daytime temperatures are warm, the air fills with the scent of grape soda from the beautiful purple flowers. Too bad we’re having a cold snap right now, but hopefully it will warm up soon and the whole garden will be filled with their sweet soda pop scent. #grapesoda
We’ll have a weeding party in a couple of weeks. Compost from longleaf plantation will be added and everything that needs it will be mulched. The plans were drawn years ago and this garden has been evolving for about 25. It is a beautiful space. It’s a great mix of garden styles with a tiny orchard, raised beds and improved soil all around for direct planting in the ground. There are worm towers and trellises and the sweetest garden shed you’ve ever seen. The iron rocking bench near the herb garden is what dreams are made of. The pond nearby is icing on the cake. This space has been loved. If I could plant it in every small town on earth I would. It’s the epitome (and a great example) of a community garden. Even though it’s privately owned, the roots here feed the community.
Some of you who follow my insta may remember the great Red Russian Kale experiment. Well look what survived?! Now I just kind of have to leave it to live. This beauty from @sowtrueseed is almost a year old now. #kale#redrussiankale#sowtrueseed
Took my fuzzy slippers out to greet the seedlings this morning. Stay tuned you guys, I'll be taking you outside to our coldframe/greenhouse in my stories soon. There will be coffee and the pug might make an appearance