Gladding McBean Pottery Factory – using the clay found in these parts. Lucky us – re: the clay soil! (Do you sense my sarcasm??) As much as I always said that I never wanted to live in a brand new home, surrounded by a bunch of other new homes, that’s what we did. Yet I do love all the space, especially after years and years of living in old and small houses. Yet the trees of East Sacramento, what a treasure! It’s been surprising to me how intimidating a blank slate actually can be.
I went to an all day workshop a few weeks ago at UC Davis – one that featured Rosalind Creasy of “The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping” fame. She was so inspiring and I came back determined to do an edible landscape. Then I attended a workshop out at High Hand Nursery and my interest in ornamental landscaping came back into focus. I want to do so much! I’ve signed up for an upcoming 3 part series with landscaper Michael Glassman through a Cooperative Education series. What I’m really hoping to gain is insight into how to combine the kitchen garden with my other ideas of beds of flowering plants, etc. We’ve started putting in some of the “bones” yet don’t want to make big decisions until I’ve finished this workshop series.
Up against the home, in our shade garden, we're hoping to do an "Ode to High Hand Nursery". We just love that place and already have a few Japanese Maples for this area. We hope to fill it with ferns and just a lovely assortment of green loveliness!
The kitchen garden is set to fill the back part of this space. We plan to build raised beds, incorporating the fruit trees into the beds. We’ll probably start out with wood beds and then hope to someday replace with stone beds.
We want to screen in the porch (there are a lot of mosquitos and gnats flying about!), with some French screen doors (is there such a thing?) with some flower beds and flagstone with creeping thyme or something.
I think this part of the kitchen garden is calling out for a Persimmon tree and maybe some grape vines (table grapes). We also want to put in blueberry shrubs. And, of course, a wide assortment of veggies and herbs. If we end up being unemployed we want to be able to have homegrown food at our disposal.
I’m very much looking forward to developing the Secret Garden – the White Garden. Hmm . . .
Ah, the joy of a blank slate . . .
We have visions of keeping bees, a little potting shed, and my silly idea about having a few chickens (once it's legal to keep chickens in an urban setting). Any maybe a turtle and some rabbits!
So anyway, here we sit - lots of vision -Champagne tastes on a beer budget. Will you join me for the adventure?