Chloe to the rescue!

I somehow convinced my friend Chloe (who is a master gardener and urban farmer up in Massachusetts) that August was the perfect month for planting a new garden in Austin. She came down for ten days to help get things rolling. We quickly realized that it was waaay too hot for any real hands-on gardening and spent the time reading, planning and having lots of fun. This was of course during the hottest summer on record and the temperature soared above 100 degrees every day that Chloe was here. I don’t think this trip made her want to move here.

Chloe is also an architect so we got a scale ruler and she went to town on the garden plan. We were inspired by the French potager-style gardens that combine vegetables, flowers and herbs in pleasantly arranged beds. She left me with this wonderful garden plan and lots of ideas about what to plant when and where. Now that I am looking at this plan carefully I can see that it has already changed slightly. I’ll try to mark up one of the copies of the plans with current plantings or ideas so you can see the evolution so far.

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3 Responses to “Chloe to the rescue!”

  1. Pam/Digging Says:

    That looks very nice! Would your entire back yard be devoted to the potager, or is this a side yard? It’s hard to tell from the drawing. Anyway, that kind of structure will make it look wonderful year-round.

    I found your blog via Blotanical. I’m off to read your other posts.

    • Ellie Says:

      Hi Pam! I love your blog! We are on a corner lot and kinda have three sections- a front yard with turf that will eventually be native plants/a wildlife habitat, the fenced-in dog yard right outside the back door where we grill and chill, and the potager which is on the other side of the driveway from the house. The only one I have begun to tackle is the potager- the other sections are all weeds!

  2. Afraid of the dirt « Mostly Weeds Says:

    […] blog is quite truthfully an homage to dear Chloe who braved the Texas heat in August to measure, draw, discuss and dream up the current plan. And […]

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