The hardest part about gardening here at Cheesecake Farms is that we have so much available land to plant. Now, I realize that to many of you who have tiny spaces that this seems like a dream come true but to try to visualize our whole farm with completed gardens is over whelming.
Many years ago, we had 10 or so acres lumbered to make pastures. The trees were taken away to be made into paper but the stumps were left behind. They had to be removed with a bull dozer before grass was planted in the open areas. It was a massive project and too months but now the pastures have settled in and we're ready to create our own garden of Eden in the surrounding areas.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we began with the main house (which we call the Mane House Inn - since we have a horse themed bed and breakfast on the farm).
The easiest way to begin any gardening project is to with the permanent structures that you already have (or are planning to add) and work around it, branching out as you go. For us, the house was the obvious place to start. After a few years of adding massive amounts of organic material into the solid clay the builder left behind, the soil is finally ready to plant.
|These are the bare bones|
of the soon to be
cottage garden in front
of the Mane House.
|Front door |
The Mane House Inn
The oversized path is easy
to make from wood chip