It might not be the most beautiful thing known to man (yet), but at least it's in. Eventually, this garden will expand to a 50 x 50" square surrounded by a 6-foot lattice fence, but for this (busy) year I kept the actual tilled ground down to what I knew I could actually care for. It's about 20 x 20, plus a long asparagus bed (not pictured) off to the side. I dream about how it all will look in two years, or ten. Perhaps the cucumber vines and the squash vines and the morning glory vines will twine up the lattice and open their flowers in the early morning sun. Perhaps the perimeter of the fence will be lined with blueberry bushes, and raspberry canes. Perhaps it'll look just a tiny little bit like Eden. You know, someday.
Initially, I was gunning to get that fence built this year, but it wasn't in the cards. The reasons, as follows: no time, no money. So, for now, our generous neighbor (the same one I mentioned yesterday) has loaned me deer netting, which serves. Methinks he may be due for another pie.
In the ground so far: broccoli, peas, lettuce, spinach, arugula, chard, kale, and a whole bunch of herbs (right corner). Each year, the tilled area will grow, and grow, and grow. Raised beds will be built, Jerusalem artichokes will be planted. I even have a corner where I'd like to make a formal herbs-greens-and-flowers garden, complete with parquet brick paths. Ahem. We'll see about that. Thoughts like these are what keep gardeners going, though. Each year will always, always be better than the last.