Thursday, April 3, 2008

Expanding the Garden

About a year ago, Jay, the family gardening mentor, suggested that I expand my tiny fenced kitchen garden. At the time, I didn't think it was something I wanted to do. Vegetable gardening is not a high priority for me, nor is winter gardening, so it didn't seem necessary to make the space bigger. It was plenty large enough for tomatoes, peas, melons, and sometimes peppers, eggplant, and squash.

But then this winter I got the bright idea to move my roses into the vegetable garden. It was a slow project, but I got them all moved and there was little room left for vegetables. So be it, I thought. I prefer roses to the work of veggies.

However, I still had the issue of the deer getting the apple tree and decimating the strawberry bed. I started imagining a way to redo the fencing around them with little gates to get inside. I asked my nephew Lee to come over and help dig fence posts to bring this idea to reality.

Admittedly, my vision was a little vague. But it only took Lee a few minutes of looking and talking before we were actualizing the idea of expanding the garden per Jay's suggestion. It took about 8 hours to dig the fence posts and get the fence wire up, but Lee was great about figuring out how to reuse existing posts and wire, so the project didn't cost an arm and a leg.

Now I have a greatly expanded fenced garden and a whole lot more work to do. I have dig through crab grass and road base, build beds and a fill them with compost and other good stuff, as well as work on pathways and move railroad ties. It will be a lot of work, but I'm excited.

I've put out a call to family to scavenge some building materials for the beds and today Gianna is coming to help me make bricks that we'll use for the pathways.

It's second nature for gardens to evolve forever. Mine is expanding into something new and interesting.


1 comment:

Annie said...

I hope you have plans for a cottonwood, as your cutting has sprouted and wants to be a tree.