Despite having a very large backyard, I’m not really able to plant a full vegetable garden. The backyard borders a creek and lies within the flood plain. All it takes is a few rainy days or rain combined with snow melt to turn our house into real waterfront property.
Flood of 2008 – Just days after our wedding
So I was very excited to discover this patio garden last summer.
Garden, Summer 2009
It doesn’t take up much room on our deck and it allows me to plant tomatoes or other similar plants upside-down along with more growing space above.
This year, I have planted two tomato plants, two zucchini plants, two basil plants, some cilantro, and some sage. I have the garden located in a sunnier spot this summer, so hopefully my plants will be more “productive.”
Garden on May 30, 2010
One of Jason’s most recent projects was a pergola over the top level of our deck. Despite their growing popularity, we have found that few people know what pergolas are. A pergola is basically an arbor. They often support vines, providing a shady place to rest, and they are common features in Italian gardens.
I desperately wanted a pergola somewhere in our backyard. Jason was the one who finally conceived of building it over our deck.
Here’s a picture of the back of our house as Jason began to build the pergola. (We were in the midst of a tree removal project at the same time.)
Since our deck sits in the blazing sun most of the day, we are developing a plan to rig up some kind of shade using outdoor fabric. We would like to create a retractable shade very similar to one we have seen on a pergola from Plow & Hearth.
For now, we are simply enjoying the new addition to our awesome backyard. Come on over if you’d like to sit back, relax, and enjoy our own personal great outdoors.