A friend asked me yesterday to share some “before” photos of our front garden- photos from before the 2011 major revamp, when it was a very thirsty and tired yard. This is the perfect cue to also update the blog with “after” photos showing the current garden, a la May 2013. At the bottom there is also info. on the watering and fertilizer upkeep.
I’m surprised I didn’t post comparisons long ago! I love before & afters, and it’s been nearly two years since we removed the lawn and improved the hard-scape. I’m tickled that someone has interest, tickled enough to clear the hurdle of perfectionism and not wait till I have good current images to post. The below recent photos are via my phone and in not-great light. But, they are better quality than what I’ve been posting recently- that is, they are better than nothing.
The garden is hand watered:
– about 3x per week when newly planted during the still hot Sept.- Nov. 2011,
– then once per week during the first winter,
– then 2x per week during the summer of 2012 (the first summer),
– once per month this past winter,
– and every other week this recent spring.
Though I (usually) enjoy the 30 minutes spent hand watering, I hope to only need to water every other week this summer, the garden’s second summer.
Before planting in 2011, the soil was tilled and plenty of compost was added. Since then I’ve only added “compost tea” (brewed at a local nursery) about 5x per year and used a palm fertilizer around the sago palms.