Many mornings I start my day by having tea on the side porch. It is a place to watch the sunrise and plan out my day.
When I moved to Das Kleine Haus last August, there was virtually nothing but grass and weeds, with a dividing wire fence.
Working with the two spaces since early January, a new garden began to take shape.
The existing wire fence is now being used as a trellis for my cucumbers....
It won't be long before I can add them to a salad or make Icebox Pickles.
Have you ever grown fennel? This is my first year to give it a try. The bulb is a crisp vegetable that can be sautéed, stewed, braised, grilled, or eaten raw.
The fennel top reminds me of a delicate fern. Eventually it will flower and make seeds.
The dried fennel seed is an aromatic, anise-flavored spice used in cooking and sweet desserts.
I've also planted a fig tree that is producing a few figs.
With the help of my handyman, Benjamin, and my pick-up truck, I have toted all the landscape rocks, pavers, new soil, and decomposed granite to the house.
Some of the daylilies I brought from the farm, have begun to bloom.
Most of the plants were purchased this spring.
The lean-to greenhouse is almost complete. The decorative trim, in the photo, is re-purposed from a previous project at the farm.
Projects are slow going because the carpenter is available only on Saturday. Here is where I will plant the seeds for next year's garden.
As you can see, he is a bit of a perfectionist. I asked for a place to set my seedlings on....this is what he came up with for the tiny space.
He said he angled the corner so I wouldn't bump into it. I'm so impressed!
Would you not agree....gardening is a great way to work out the daily stress of life?