Today’s photos are from Isabel Carrion-Lopez in New Jersey. She says, “I grew up in Puerto Rico so plants are in my DNA, they make me eternally happy to the point that my mom has been known to take me to the nursery when I’m in a bad mood! I didn’t start gardening seriously until I bought my first house in Rahway, New Jersey back in 2006, so ironically enough, I know very little about tropical gardening but have become quite knowledgeable about zone 6/7 gardening!
My husband and I moved into our second house last year and while we love the 1.3 acres of land that came with it (unheard of in my area since it’s pretty urban) it needs a LOT of work. In the past year and half we’ve mostly just cleaned up the 20+ years of accumulated yard debris, along with that left behind by Hurricane Sandy, but I dream of garden beds all over the property. This spring we conquered the very small side yard facing our enclosed porch, which already had a 400-gallon pond, but was overgrown by pachysandra. We transplanted the pachysandra to an “island” in the middle of the driveway where it can grow but we can keep it under control. We created a small gravel patio, added a waterfall to the pond, and put in the first of what I hope will be many garden beds. It took four weekends of hard, manual labor but it was so worth it! I was hesitant to send along the pics since this mini-garden is VERY much in its infancy stages, but I figured why not. I meant to take more pics later in the season but alas it was not to be. I’m still very much learning how to garden in the shade (taking lots of pointers from Daniela’s fabulous garden!) since I used to have a full sun garden in my last house, but I’m finding I love it!” I love this area now, Isabel! That looks like a LOT of work. I can’t wait to see how it matures. In fact, keep us posted on ALL of your projects!
**** The push is still on–get outside and take some last minute shots, or compile a few you took earlier in the season. I’ll be eternally grateful…. Email them to GPOD@taunton.com. Thanks! ****
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