Part 2, I showed a triple culvert combo I'm using to contain the specialized conditions needed to cultivate (yum!) blueberries, which cannot grow in unmodified greater Houston soils.
|Photo taken before the vegetables were removed and blueberries installed.|
|Organic herbs elevated above both drainage and dog poop.|
This area next to the fence is also the principal drainage swale for our property. During heavy rains, it will temporarily submerge beneath six or eight inches of water. Even if I had wanted to plant anything edible on grade here, it would never survive.
|Equal heights were important for visual cohesion in this case. I basically ripped out sod and leveled the three of them.|
|I knew I'd be infilling the base with bull rock, which looks nice and also helps to move the stream of storm water efficiently through the area. Landscape fabric beneath the rock helps to minimize weeds.|
|The quality of the soil will impact how tasty the herbs are. I did a blend of stock soil (poor quality), composted manure, Microlife natural fertilizer (a Houston company), and...|
|...leaf mold compost from Nature's Way Resources in Conroe (sold in Clear Lake through Maas and a few other local vendors such as Faith's Garden Shed Naturally). Do you see that inky dark color? Dark is good. Dark means fertility.|
|Once again, I liberated long-suffering plants trapped in substandard pots, including this small root-bound bay tree.|
We haven't yet decided how to best upgrade this paver path into something more permanent. Our residential gas line runs under this area, so we're hesitant to add a permanent cover. More on that in a future post.