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The back edge (north) is only five feet wide. The front edge (south) is about 16 feet wide. The length is only 17 feet long (west, edge of driveway). It's pretty compact for all those plants. Roughly, about 100 square feet after you take out the area the paths occupy.

The terrace in the back has scarlet runner beans (1) that will slowly crawl up it. They are a perennial. In front of them are sunflowers (2) and black hollyhocks (3). Along the driveway, I left one sunchoke (4) to become an anti-deer pillar. Also along the driveway is an accidental rhubarb (5) that got transplanted with a hollyhock. That hollyhock protects two different species of asparagus, Jersey Supreme (6) and another type from Grow Pittsburgh (7). Throughout the garden are garlic chives (8). Although they are considered an annual here, they reseed readily.

Western front yard

Stepping around to the other side of the trellis, skirret (9) looks like a bush. I have three of them in this garden that I grew from seed. They are a type of perennial parsnip. They have octopus roots. Much sweeter than parsnips and less fibery too, the roots are a devil to clean before cooking. Soaking them in water and scrubbing with a toothbrush helps. Pollinators love the flowers. Some people dig up the whole bush to harvest. Having it along a swale makes it easy to get in from the sides and just thin out a few roots. Roots can be replanted for the following year.


Somehow I managed to get the blue potatoes (10) planted in a very small spot next to the skirret. I don't expect a large yield. The compost pile wintered in this spot so you never know. The soil may be especially fertile here. It really helped to excavate the old stepping stones. I didn't know they were there until I tried to plant those potatoes.

From the other side of the trellis

I did manage to grow one lovage (11) plant from seed which is also a perennial. It is along with the hollyhock, just not very big yet. Difficult to see. Thyme (12) accidentally got dug up when the lovage got put in so it was moved to a sunnier, more accessible spot up front.

I planted snow peas (13) along the driveway edge. Out of an entire row of beets (14), only two came up. Radishes (15) did better. They are flowering now. I hope they reseed. Up toward the front, I broadcast a lot of carrot (16) seed. There are German butterball potatoes (17) in that bed. The Vermont Cranberry Beans were a crop failure. I had a purple shasta daisy (18) reseed. I am not fond of it and may move it to a pot for someone else to love. There is also oregano (19) and a coreopsis (20) bush in that section. Coreopsis is blooming very early this year.

The onion bed

In another section, closer to the front, is the onion bed. One row of potato onions (21) and one of yellow rock onions (22). The second skirret, a tiny marigold (23), and a small Blue Cherokee Tomato (24) from Wolf Silver Oak. Kohlrabi were eaten by something. They did not survive.

The very front of the garden has a small, second year peach (25) tree that the squirrels planted. Around it is the garlic patch (26), a couple of leeks (27), orange mint (28), more Blue Cherokee Tomatoes, Shingiku (Japanese Edible Chrysanthemum) (29), a Winter savory bush (30), calendula (31), and dill (32) along with the ever present coreopsis dye plants. Somehow a lettuce (33) is hiding amongst the garlic. And of course a yellow flowering sedum (34) as ground cover. Columbine (35) is everywhere as well as violets (36). Along the very front edge, by the peach tree is some mossy creeping thyme (37). It had survived from back when this whole area was in the shade. Sadly, the sugar maple died. Its bark was coming off and it housed a huge carpenter ant colony. When it was removed, I planted corepsis and dragon's blood in its place along the curb and sidewalk.

And in the early spring, you will find tulips (38) and daffodils (39) along the walk.

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