Our Backyard Garden in Bend, Oregon

A couple weeks ago we went on Bend’s Backyard Farm Tour. It was really fun. I think there were about 18 backyard gardens to go to. There was a handout and map to follow. We hit about 7 or 8 of them before we had to be somewhere else.

Backyard farmers are a happy bunch. They love sharing their knowledge and the fruits of their labor. I got some great seeds from one farmer. We talked to a Master Gardner for quite awhile at one community garden here in town. And we came away with lots of ideas.

We got really inspired. Greg got especially inspired. So much so that he came home and started building a solar greenhouse over two of our raised beds so we can grow food as long as we can into Fall and Winter.

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He build a cool door that lifts up.

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The door has a natural wood handle.

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He dug down into the earth between the raised beds to make more head room for when we go in there.

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He added twinkly lights to the ceiling and we can sit in there and pick veggies, even when it’s dark out. We added wood chips to the path too so we don’t get muddy.

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I’m thrilled. Maybe by next year, we’ll be in the Backyard Farm Tour as one of the stops. Maybe. People do.

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This is Greg surveying his work. The solar part of it hasn’t been built yet. It will have tubes with water in them that will get heated by the sun.

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This is what we see from our back deck. I love the below shot. Those are aspen in the background that will turn a beautiful yellow as Fall progresses.

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Happy full moon and sweet smell of fresh pine!

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The Art of Gardening

I am just in love with our garden this year. It’s bringing us lots of veggies and satisfaction in knowing we’re growing our own food.

We’re planning on having an even bigger garden next year. We’re even talking about maybe building a greenhouse. Wouldn’t that be fun?

Here’s a few pics I took the other day.gardenbounty2

Ever the artist, I decided to have fun arranging the carrots on the counter before I cut them into the salad. And then I made a delicious carrot soup too.

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Green and white look so fresh together.

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3 onions and 2 marching men on the cutting board.

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I thought it was some nice synchronicity when I got an email announcing that Bend is having their first Backyard Farm Tour this weekend as a fundraiser for Neighborhood Impact. What a great idea for a community to do. Love it!

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Celebrate the season! Yes!