Welcome to the Garden of Beauty!
This site focuses on the home gardener and home gardening technique trends. Although, we live in the Black Forest of Colorado at an elevation of almost 7400 feet above sea level and have a very short growing season, that doesn't stop us from trying to grow a wide variety of flora. We have a small greenhouse for hydroponics experiments and potted tomatoes. We also have 10 foot by 10 foot raised bed garden (screened in to keep the deer out) that we use for summer vegetables. And then we have several flowers gardens around the house and my wee orchard. Our orchard consists of several fruit tree – 7 varieties of apple, 2 pears, and 4 plums.
We also are trying our hand at berry bushes to include blueberry, gooseberry, elderberry, jostaberry, and red currants.
This picture shows part of the deck and backyard. Planter boxes for fresh herbs on the deck with a pea vine in the corner. You can see the green mesh on the raised bed vegetable garden to filter the sunlight and wire cages around the fruit trees to keep the deer from eating our young trees. The tiered rock walls form a bowl in the backyard and the opportunity to grow many other varieties of flowers. Several roses and columbine along with additional herbs and high pollen content flowers for the bees.
I also have experimented with some vertical growing techniques that I’ll add a page about in the future.
Vegetables are just really tough to grow here (can’t really get started outside until after Memorial Day), so every year we try a new experiment to see what happens. We picked up some seed starters this year to see if we can get early start on things. We’ll create a page for our personal attempts.
So, welcome again! Please let us know about anything you’d like to see us talk about or if you have a cool garden or gardening technique!