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Monday, May 08, 2006

Signs in the Garden

I made up this sign several years ago to put in my raised bed vegetable garden. It also serves as a tool rest. I attach it to the end of one of the raised beds, and then as I am working, I can lean my tools up against it.

In this raised bed are my early spring vegetables. I've harvested some radishes, but I'm still waiting on the lettuce. The grid you see is my attempt at the square foot gardening method. This is the only bed I do this in, the rest of the beds I will just plant.

The screening in the back blocks the view of my compost bins. Several years ago, one of my sisters suggested that the garden would look better if the compost wasn't in full view, so I got the bamboo screen. I have a privacy fence around the whole back yard, which blocks the neighbors' view of the garden, including the compost bins.

Shhh... don't tell the neighbors that I have compost bins. What they don't know, will be one less thing they have to fuss about or look up in the neigborhood covenants to see if it is allowed. Not many of my neighbors are into gardening, or would understand the value of good compost bins. There is nothing in the covenants about compost bins or gardens. (Yes, I've read others' neighborhood covenants that DON'T ALLOW GARDENS. What?! I can't believe it! Needless to say, before I purchased my lot, I made sure I could have a privacy fence and they didn't "outlaw" gardens. Enough on that, I am getting myself all worked up about other people's neighborhood covenants. My one regret is that my neighborhood covenants don't allow 'outbuildings', so I won't be able to have one of those cute little gardening sheds!)

Check out "My Garden Pictures" for some new pictures of several varieties of columbine blooming in the garden this week.

2 comments:

The Midnight Gardener said...

What a nifty sign...and so practical, too!! Very nice. Thanks for your help teaching me about serviceberry, Carol!

Anonymous said...

Love the sign! Especially the little beads hanging down. Ever thought about a side business?