reply to post by kattraxx
Great rock terrace herb garden.
Sweetie loved it and we might make one in the fall.
Just cuz it's too hot to work in the sunshine.
I need a bigger variety of spices than I have planted in the containers.
Had to go get Rosemary and Savory for a meat loaf I made yesterday.
Then, while at the grocery store, got the bright idea to make Beer Bread.
Simple, good and always a hit.
3 cups of self-rising flour.
2 tablespoons of sugar.
1 can (11-12oz) of beer, any kind, cheap beer works great.
Some lard to rub on the inside of the cooking pot, a Dutch Oven - I use a #12 size oven, but a #8 may work.
Mix the components in a mixing bowl.
Flour and sugar mixed dry then pour in the beer.
Original instructions say to stir it only 17 times with a wooden spoon, but I find it needs more to get the beer distributed evenly.
350 degree F oven for one hour and 15 minutes at 3300' alttude.
Anyhoo, I get off track sometimes, but out near the dry lake is a whole bunch of pure white milk colored rocks, probably quartz of some sort.
That would make an interesting terraced herb garden.
Not sure how well it would last, but I note that mud stains on common cinder blocks as seen in my garden don't seem to wash off in the rain.
A couple of my tomato plants that looked to be doing well have withered and died.
The beefsteaks are doing well and may start putting fruit on before long.
One of those died, but the other eight are doing ok and are almost as tall as the 4'6" tall fence.
Once the end fence gets cut open and swung out to encompass the garden extension and some more bricks & fencing added the beefsteaks will end up being
a "tomato hedge."
Part of todays plans were to hit Home Depot and buy some genuine shade cloth.
Doesn't seem to be any other way around it.
I did get some shallot seed and planted it in a big container.
It looks like it's doing ok and I'm guessing when the above ground stalks (?) get fatter I can pick a few and see how they're doing.
The regular onions - like the long green with small white bulbs you buy in the produce section are in the garden and seem to be doing ok although
right now they look more like long lawn grass than onions.
The shallots looked similar early on.
I like salads as well.
This fall will be the larger extension to the east - where the car trailer is parked in the last couple of photos in the Jack and the Beanstalk thread
- and we're going to try some butter lettuce and spinach there.
I did overdo it a touch in the original small plot and it's a little too high density for my liking, but everything is reachable.
Since you have a hill of sorts in your backyard, perhaps do as one othe other posters did and use bricks or stones for a terrace edge and level the