Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Garden

This is my garden. It's true.

I wish I could just leave it at that. And I suppose I could. But what kind of friend would I be if I didn't tell you the whole story?

So let's just chalk this photo up to "The Power of Masterful Cropping" combined with "Eerily Gorgeous Sunset Lighting" and keep moving.

I know you can handle it.

It's not that I don't entirely adore my garden. Ya'lls - I entirely, swoonily adore it. It's just that it's not perfect. It is a work in progress, just like me.

Cory built 10 raised beds last year and they revolutionized our gardening. And by "Revolutionized", I mean that for the first time ever, we had more edible produce and less Amazonian Weed Forest.

The whole idea behind these boxes is that you cram things in very tightly and weeds just don't stand much of a chance.

But, seeing as how we have issues with authority, we don't plant in exactly the way we have been directed, so we do have weeds.

And it's a darn good thing, because how on earth would I ever solve any of my life problems without my beloved weeding time?

If you only remember one thing I say, let it be this: Weeding a controlled area is supremely satisfying and acutely therapeutic.

Repeat that 20 times, go build yourself a box or 10 and tell me if it isn't so.

Your zinnias are counting on you.

(Is it just me, or does she look almost plastic? Word on the street is, she's had a little work done...)

This year, I twisted Cory's arm into edging my boxes with this cute wire stuff. I forget what it's called. We got the first two done, then all manner of mayhem broke forth (more on that another day) and that was that. Two boxes cutely edged. Eight boxes left with an inferiority complex.

We also need to get around to filling the pathways with sand one of these days.

Here's what we planted this year:
Box 1 - Herbs
Box 2 - Green beans (bush variety)
Box 3 - Cutting garden (should be interesting...)
Box 4 - Tomatoes
Box 5 - Zucchini*, Cucumbers*, Okra
Box 6 - Sunflowers, Tomatoes
Box 7 - More Tomatoes
Box 8 - Sweet Peas*, Peppers, Red Beets
Box 9 - Lettuce, Spinach, Carrots
Box 10 - More Flowers

*In these confined spaces, it's important to provide climbing structures for rambly vegetation.

We also have a long row of blueberries, raspberries and black raspberries on one side, with a row of strawberries on the other side.

The main thing to keep in mind is that this size of a garden is not adequate for canning and such. It's just enough to eat from.

And I'm just giving you fair warning, come July and August, you'll probably be sick and tired of hearing about the blasted garden.

Until then, I'll just be hovering over my baby plants, doing my part to thwart the weeds while I pluck the cobwebs from my mind.