First off, we love all the gardens we design and install. Each is unique and fun and fits the client who gives it its every-day attention. Our clients have great vision that we are proud to be a part of! That being said, working with Anne is an extra special treat. We first wrote about Anne and her farmstead revival in Wimberly in January 2009. Hurricane Ike rushed her out of Houston after dropping a pine tree on her house and she’s been digging in the dirt ever since.
Bohemian Bounty has been working with Anne to plan a large, multi-plot garden on the site of an older homestead garden that was part of a former hill-county goat farm. The history of the lot goes back to the 1800’s and she even has some of the original structure on site – one being the former owner’s personal garden space. You can see the cement border (original structure) has new fencing to keep the deer out. The soil is wonderful in texture and we even found a few old hand cut limestone pieces (not so good on the tiller) that indicate where another smaller cottage was at one point. Anne’s retirement plan – or rather restoration project – will include trying to mix 18th century homestead farming techniques with modern organic gardening methods. Of course, it was all organic in the 1800s!
Today we added Anne’s summer garden which will host asparagus, tomatoes, basil, peppers, squash, potatoes, bush beans, pole beans, cucumbers and more. Since Anne loves to dig in the dirt, Bohemian Bounty plans the crops and rotations as well as preps the beds and paths while she does the planting.
As Anne’s neighbors are always stopping by and asking what she’s planting she went ahead and made the farm as official as any we’ve seen – she put up her calling card for Goat Farm Gardens. See the pictures below. We love it, Anne! Here’s to a great growing season,
James and Jen, The Bohemians.