when we bought this house it came with a boring low maintenance garden. grass with a nicely separated area along the fences, planted with ornamental shrubs and with weed suppresion cloth and bark mulch filling in. ugh.
so we raked the mulch off to save it, tore out the cloth, and returned the mulch. the dirt that's left is quite clayey and as it's dry now, almost as hard as concrete. so we dig up small areas to plant flowers.
we like artichokes. we see several on our walks about town. they do well here. this one's a "violet star." we bought it in eureka, but it is from monterey bay nursery. castroville is on monterey bay, so the plant has a good pedigree.
our first raised bed. spinach, chard, and chives. we planted starts about 3 weeks ago.
other busyness. i built a work bench. the open slots under the top will have drawers. what can i possibly be staring at?