Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sidewalk Garden

I've wanted to become a gardener for a long time, although renting, living in apartments, and moving frequently had made gardening pretty much impossible. Not to mention the fact that my cats have killed and eaten every single plant I've ever tried to grow indoors. (Remember my onion in Seoul?) However, once I bought my house - with its rather large yard - I knew that I would at some point plant a vegetable garden. However, I didn't plan to do it this year. 

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See, this lovely side of my yard - the sunny side - would make an excellent spot for a large vegetable garden... But a garden that big would take a lot of work. Before planting, I'd like to get a tiller so I wouldn't have to dig it all up by hand, and cart down a bunch of horse manure from my mom's to give it some quality natural fertilizer. I'd also like to fence it off to keep folks out. Clearly, I haven't done any of that. As such, I had been figuring I'd put off the edible gardening til next year.

However, after a lot of encouragement from friends and family, I started planting some edible things. It began with a lemon tree given to me by F, which I planted on the front-side of my house. Then I got a couple of small blueberry bushes to plant on the front side of the house as well. Then things got a little out of hand with herbs and veggies. Not in the 'side yard' as I call my future garden spot, but around the sidewalk which comes out my front porch door and deadends halfway across my yard.

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Not very awe-inspiring at the moment. I'm much better with animals than with plants, so who knows how this will actually turn out.

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In case you're wondering what I planted, here's the current layout. The squash and zucchini were planted as seeds, so at the moment there's nothing there above ground. 

It's not the most well-prepared garden in the world; hell, it isn't even weeded, haha. I've no idea if any of this stuff will live, much less produce anything edible. I guess we'll see. And yes, I know mint quite often takes over. If that's what ends up happening, that's fine; I'd like a minty ground cover. I'll keep you posted on how this all pans out.

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