Once again my harvests haven't started yet. I've been extremely busy but not in a gardening sense. Though it will really impact our garden. Today we are signing the final offer to buy a new house. And I do mean new. The builder is almost finished with it. We close on April 30th.
If things go well I'll get all the spring vegetables into my current garden and the summer ones into the new garden. The house is a townhouse with two units on one lot in East Arlington. It is just a few blocks away from several friends of mine. And the other unit is being purchased by my best friends. We are even putting a door between the units. They don't garden, but they are really happy with me putting in vegetable gardens in any of the sunny spots. They are happy to start composting and having compost bins in the back yard. The yard isn't big. I'm guessing about 7000 square feet (for both townhouses). There really aren't any big lots in East Arlington as it is more urban and less suburban. But if I garden in most of the available spots I think I will have about as much space as before. I haven't measured it out and designed it yet, but I'll get to it. And you will get to see the process I'm sure. At least if I have time. I didn't even have time to read any of your blogs this weekend. I hope to maybe today between the two real estate agents that show up, the plumber, the handyman, and two contractors. And the myriad of calls that I have to place. Life is crazy.
Also the new yard will affect my yearly tally. I'm not talking about not being able to harvest all the veggies - though that may well be true. But it will change the cost. The yard is not landscaped and part of the deal with the builder was that he didn't have to do any of it. The odds were we would rip it out anyway. In the two houses I've owned so far, I have always ripped out the landscaping and replaced it. I don't know why people put in boring yews that want to grow to 10' as the foundation plantings in the front of yards. Yes they are unkillable and cheap but really? And one side yard and over half of the back will be in raised beds anyway. I'll keep a tally of what it costs to put in the raised beds and compost piles and such. I don't think I will add the hardscape since I would put some in anyway, but just not like I'm going to do it. I'll have a brick path to the back door from the driveway and through the garden. If I didn't have a veggie garden I'd probably have a back patio for a table and chairs and that would cost just as much. The funny thing is some of the plants would just be ornamentals, but instead will be things like blueberries and dwarf peach and apple trees, but if it is an edible I'll add it in to the tally. So this year it will be how much an new garden costs, not really a year to year cost.
If you would like to join Harvest Monday with a tally, a harvest or how you are using it, put your name and URL into Mr. Linky below.