I'm a recent transplant from the Southwest, learning a whole new plant vocabulary and trying new things I've never been able to grow. Aside from community plots in Austin, TX, this is my first garden of any real size, so I'm also having fun with design possibilities heretofore out of reach. I'm eagerly anticipating the appearance of hundreds of fall-planted bulbs and shoots from our young perrenial garden.
We love eating straight out of the garden all summer, so lots of work is devoted to planning, tending, and harvesting a 350 sq ft veg plot. Our house is a small former farm hand's house on a country road in Slaterville Springs, and the garden style that's emerging is a loose, native-based cottage garden: a mix of edibles, color, and hardy growers who will stand up to a novice's hand and Zone 5 winters. I write about it and share photographs on my blog, Sin City to Slaterville .