Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ah, Nature! Ah, the Garden!

"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." Shakespeare

Well, OK, it was not scorn, nor was my response fury. But someone, somewhere suggested that my prior '08 attempt at a garden was reportable to the County Vegetable Cruelty Office.
Sadly, they were right. (sigh!)

So, with wounded but now-pardonable pride, I share a snapshot of my little plot in our community garden. Check out that Iowa soil--a Grant Wood special. We live in an economically distressed neighborhood. That makes our garden special, I think. But then again, isn't every garden special?


D.K. Raed said...

Whatever you've got growing there looks good to me, B.E. I tried tomatoes last year & was very disappointed. Oh sure, the few I managed to pick before the birds pecked them open were pretty good. I have a lot to learn. You are so lucky to have that nice black soil. We have red sand, organically-deprived and rocky to boot. I miss our avocado grove in San Diego. Never thought I'd say that. After 12-yrs of avocados, I didn't think I could ever look at another one. Hope you had a nice Memorial Day.

eProf2 said...

So, what is it that's growing there in the beautiful soil? I'm really struggling to keep my little garden going here in the AZ desert sand, soil, mulch, and a little top soil. Since this is my first year gardening here, I think my strategy is to get through this growing season, regardless of what might come to fruition, and keep working on the soil in the years to come.

Border Explorer said...

DK, it is hard to imagine getting sick of avocados, but I guess that's supply and demand in micro-action. I think I'll learn a lot in this garden. I sure thought about my grandparents and my parents who gardened every year when I was digging in the dirt. It was my alternate celebration of Memorial Day. Though I grew up with gardens, this is the first one that is mine, all mine.
On another subject, I really enjoy your blog and hope to start commenting there soon. You have really cool friends, too. I'm spending way too much time getting to know you and them and following the links! But it's fun.

Border Explorer said...

Hi eProf! I'm focusing on assorted greens, herbs, and peppers. There's also an orphan tomato plant, zucchini, cucumbers and eggplant. I tend to try to pack too much in. I still would like to squeeze in some onions.
I hear you with the desert sand comment! That was my problem with my abysmal garden in TX. Also, it needed watering every single day, and I didn't. But, like a Cubs fan, a gardener can always say, "But just you wait until next year!" Anyway, I'm wishing you luck with your garden, and hope you'll keep us posted as the growing season progresses.

D.K. Raed said...

After eating avocados on & in everything, I really did get sick of them. We even used them as a butter substitute which made for some odd-colored baked potatoes (good for St Pat's Day, though).

I too often marvel at our ancestors who actually HAD to live off the land, no supermarkets for them. If they were as poor gardeners as me, they would've starved & I'd not be here.

Now about my "blog" (such as it is): stop by whenever you feel like it! It's a casual thing for me. Zingers aside, I'm still working out how to express complex thoughts in a short format.

dada said...

Just hitting this blog, leaves me asking myself, "Where have I been the past few days?" It's obvious you've been busy in your new abode.

I'm so glad someone (probably from the agriculturally challenging area of the Sonoran or Chihuahuan deserts) has inspired you to new resolve for success despite your first gardening experience (which must have been extremely discouraging, no doubt!).

Thanks for the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (or Joni Mitchell?) inspired "Back to the Garden" photo. Wishing you all the luck in the world this time around!

(If you can't make it in Iowa, better just stick with the Libby's and Birdseyes!)