So, we constructed.
And we lined.
Then we got really, really dirty.
The pear tree was in full bloom, and kept us company while we worked.
While all this was going on, I was getting excited about veggies...and my dear then-fiance was getting excited about drip irrigation. At first, I was really skeptical about what I judged unnecessary labor and expense... Boy, was I wrong!
Seriously, this drip system not only makes the gardening virtually effortless, it boosts the plants into gigantic, mutantly vigorous superveggies. I haven't done any controlled trials, so I don't know if they would have grown into superveggies had I watered them normally... or no matter what, since they're getting good sun. Regardless, I'm glad to attribute their health to Andy's labor of love.
A good view of the drip system (and teensy seedlings on 5.17.08):
3 Weeks post-planting (6.7.08):
I know it looks super messy and unkempt, but I swear there's a method to my madness.
We have, for our eating pleasure:
*3 Tomatoes (Red brandywine, yellow brandywine, and sweet million cherries)...can you tell I'm a brandywine fan? No picture necessary, they're the ginormous things taking over everything. They outgrew the stakes...and me. Of course more pictures to come once actual tomatoes arrive.
*6 celery (celeries? big experiment, I have no clue how to grow these)
*6 peas (photo marred by giant mutant broccoli leaf)
*2 cukes (lemon and regular)
Sorry for the messy pictures, the Catalpa tree is in full bloom right now (doh, didn't snap a pic of it) and is raining ugly dead flowers on the whole yard.
Strawberries, pears, herbs, rainbow chard, and figs are thriving elsewhere in the garden:
We had spinach but I yanked it before we could use it because it went to seed SO quickly and was overtaking everything. The onions died too; I think I did it wrong.
That's the story of how our veggie garden came to be...I can't wait until we have more real live veggies!