The Great Summer Clean-up

Twenty years ago when we built the Beavercreek Backyard Farm we found numerous plants on clearance and planted them all along the stone wall that DH built in the backyard.  Those little gallon-sized plants have outgrown there spots and, because we live on the shady side of a hill, the are growing away from the road rather than straight up.


We’ve been talking about which plants we’d like to keep and which need to go.  We also found a small electric chain saw on Craigslist and set up the chipper in the backyard.  Today DH was ready to start taking out some of the plants.

The first one to go was the tall evergreen that had been looming at an angle toward the hot tub.  DH said it actually was pretty short rooted thanks to our wonderful gray clay soil.


Next to go were the prickly little ball-shaped plants and a really ugly cotoneaster.  The . dogwood is looking so much better now.  I think we’ll start underplanting with some ferns, hosta, and flower.



2019 Garden – Finally Getting Started

The spring was a little late this year and my garden was even later.  I finally feel sturdy enough to make it down the driveway (steep) to the garden so I braved some of the weeds and put in a few starts.

Last weekend I planted 5 Yukon Gold and 3 Russet potato starts in the be closest to the garden gate.  The bed needs more soil so it will be easy to pile it higher as the potato sprouts start to grow.

This weekend I planted 3 tomatoes – a Big Boy and a Brandywine in the small bed near the peach tree, and a Roma in the small bed closer to the drive.  I also put a Cinderella Pumpkin into a wine barrel – the one closest to the lean-to, a small pepper into the bed next to it (with the scallions), and a zucchini in the bed next to the potatoes.

I also started a pot on the back porch with a lovely silver sage and a clump of lemon grass.

July Garden 2018

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  • Harvested Carrots (1 pound)
  • Harvested Zucchini (2.5 pounds)


  • Harvested New Potatoes (3 pounds)
  • Planted Black Valentine Bush Beans in the galvanized trough near the dog kennel.
  • Harvested Carrots (3.5 pounds)
  • Harvested Cannonball Zucchini (1.5 pounds)
  • Harvested Cucumbers (3.5 pounds)
  • Planted Assorted Beets
    • Detroit Dark Red
    • Cylindrical
    • Lutz Green Leaf
    • Golden Boy
New Potatoes – 3 pounds
Cucumbers – 3.5 pounds
Cannonball Zucchini – 1.5 pounds
Carrots – 3.5 pounds


  • Planted Sweet Basil and Lemon Basil
  • Planted Top Crop Bush Beans
  • Harvested Carrots (3 pounds)
Carrots – 3 pounds