Eco-Gardenmania, A Year in Review
Words & Images By Jay Wen
From concrete and stones to a wild backyard oasis... A year in review.
It has been one full year of gardening in the Eco-Urban garden. I've documented the many ways the garden has changed and taken shape from a sad stone backyard to a lush bio-diverse garden since last February 2016.
This is how it begins...
We built the grow beds and elevated sub-irrigated planter on the left side of the garden as that area had best sunlight situation.
We had a flooding problem so we dug out a trench and filled it in with Small rocks and pebbles to make a french drain to help with drainage. The drain leads to a small pond we created.
The greens started filling in on the lower beds.
Our climbing roses did really well, producing lots and lots of blooms in its first year.
We were very successful with the "Pink Boar" tomato plants. We planted them in the sub-irrigated planter and it took off growing up to 5ft at least.
The view from the other end of the garden...
The Peak of Summer
The garden REALLY took off. The dahlias were so beautiful and lasted until September or so.
Urban Jungle Cat
Priorities include naps and bird watching.
Outdoor living rooms
We planted a Wysteria in place of the dead tree that was already in the garden.
I was really pleased with the vibrant colors in the fall. The sun shifted quite a bit, turning the garden into a full shade garden.
Up-cycling old things and trying to grow vertically.
A cat's life is the best life
Oh, just so tired from all this lounging.
This Martha Stewart dahlia did amazing in the garden! The blooms were larger than my hands.
This kitty and a few of his friends like to bird watch and hang out along the ledge.
We can't see as much sky as living on the house boat but the sunsets here are pretty too.
Jack's 5th Birthday!
We celebrated Jack's birthday in the Eco-Urban garden.
This is a really adorable picture of Jack and Bella together!
For the love of Conifers and Pines
We celebrated Christmas season by buying and planting these new trees. They are so cute and little!
This ornamental kale gave us a little somethin' to look at while everything else rests for the winter.
Winter Bird Sanctuary
These little guys hung out with us all winter. Or maybe they're just here for the free food.
After a light dusting in early January, Jack runs outside to play in the snow.
We added a second tier to start vertical gardening in the spring.
I learned a lot about the sun's path through the garden. A lot of gardening last year was trial and error. Bugs and slugs are pests and must be dealt with immediately or they will destroy all the hard work and progress.
For this upcoming Spring, everything is planned for optimal growth. We have a two tier vegetable garden, a cut flower garden, rose garden, and native garden. Stay tuned for the next update! Nothing is going to look the same.