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Planting in our elevated world.

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Happy strawberry plants

Strawberries always grow at ground level lots of crawling on hands and knees to harvest, weed, and plant these delicious berries. We didn’t want to live without them so they went into the highest beds. Easy harvesting.

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The second bed gets broccoli and some spinach. The rest of the beds will be planted with plants from the Austin Organic Gardeners plant sale. Sunday the 17th we will be going to Tim’s plant sale, in Kyle. Tim is an organic farmer who also saves heirloom seeds, he has an organic orchard too. We will be learning a lot from Tim about gardening in the Hill country.

Then of course we water, water, water, and pray for rain. Tim says the almanac he uses calls for rain on the 10th of march. We are almanac skeptics but we may become believers yet!

Our blank slate or the before pictures!

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We are in a renting situation in Austin we aren’t sure where to roost permanently yet so we rent this place is in a good location but as you can see not a good yard at all. I think they had a dog and only a small bed on the ground where they grew peppers. The peppers grew well but the rest of the yard looks like sand.

We are not deterred however because as you will see we plan to transform this spot with plants and beds. Dave and I will haul dirt and compost to put in raised beds for food and flowers, herbs and even potted fruit trees.

In the begining

Dave and I have relocated to Austin, from Chicago, where we had a large garden. We have been gardening since the 1970’s when we were first married. Our goal then as now was to have fresh food without chemicals and to enjoy nature right in the back yard. We have a good arrangement Dave gardens I cook what he has grown, and we both help each other when we need help. It works well.

When we were in Illinois our garden was the standard ground level garden beds with lots of hands and knees type of weeding and planting, harvesting and digging. Here in Austin we decided that to continue to garden into our retirement we would try something different.

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