I've never had anything beyond some strawberries and tomatoes in containers in the past...so it's been fun to give a "real" garden (a quite *small* real garden, to be precise)a go. As we live in a rental home, I didn't want to invest $$ in raised beds, but I liked the low-weed appeal.And the clean, organized appearance... So I read a blurb in a garden magazine about the French method (basically free-form raised beds of earth, with your veggies placed closer together- thus fewer weeds and better water conservation.) I decided to try it and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome. Although it's a tad neglected at this very moment, the weeds are insignificant and the veggies are progressing nicely. The mounds do appear to hold water better, and with the plants close together- the necessity of mulch is low. Pretty cool...if you're a garden newbie/nerd like me!
And across the yard...a busy little bee caught landing...
At night, we open the door in our bedroom (which opens out to the backyard)for a while and set a fan in front, to blow some cool air into the house...the smell from this butterfly bush wafts in...very soothing!
Well...off to monitor kidlets & company in pool and work in the yard a bit.