2019 could be the Year of the Rose

The Rose Moat

A wall formed by a brick perimeter
In theory, you fill the Moat with water
Install a hose hole, so you can drop the hose in and fill up the Moat
Sprinkle and Scatter with Compost Manure and Fertilizer
(food and water)

Great Roses

Big Idea:
In colder climates, position graft knot 2-3 inches below ground level

Manure Compost


The 2019 Garden

Fortify the Herb Garden
Prep the Soil

Plant Sunflowers and
Some Type of Pumpkin or Squash

What about:
More Roses
Fixing the Phlox (Digging a Deeper Bed)
A Border of Lavender along the house

What to grow from Seed
What to grow from Garden Center Flats


Tomatoes, springing up from the prior year
The Tomato Trellis


After eating crunching pink tomatoes most of the year, we are deluged with an abundance of ripe red tomatoes from the garden

From feast to famine (actually from famine to feast) it is easy to take our tomatoes for granted, so ya gotta search for gratitude, enjoy home grown tomatoes and seize the day


Nothing is more productive, saves you more money and reaps such benefits as a strong herb garden.

Once the plants are established, they are prolific and provided the most satisfaction of any crop last year. We can purchase most produce (squash, cucumbers, eggplant) for a reasonable price, but a small shrink-wrapped container of herbs is big money.

Sage: for Chicken

Basil: for Chicken and Tomatoes

Dill: for Pickles


Oregano: For Chicken and Tomato Sauce

Chives: for Chive Vinegar and Pickled Chives

Parsley: for Juicing

Rosemary: Chicken


2017 Game Plan

Wild Flowers,

Winter Squash

Greens: Swiss Chard, Kale, Mustard

Tomatoes: Cherry, Sandwich Slicer, Roma, Delicious

Pages: Each Plant, Big Ideas

When to start from seed, when to use last year’s plants, when to buy plants

What we learned


Fencing: Rabbits, Geese and Kids

Buy it Early

Buy the bags of sand, manure and compost early
they will be gone by the end of the year
when you are ready to prep your soil for next year

Buy those plants to fill in empty spots before they are gone
afterwards you might need to go to the expensive place and buy larger plants