2011 Garden of the Year?
Happy Momma's Day ladies. I've been called a Mother Hen back when I was advisor to a High School fraternity, but that never quite qualified me to get credit on this particular Sunday. I get a little edgy over all the "special days" the card industry seems to come up with, but Mother's Day is truly worthy of recognition.
Sunday is definitely my day for rambling, so I hope you can hang in there with me. My coffee filter drove me to the point of cackling like an insane person today. Two tiny, flimsy pieces of filter material and I could not get them separated for almost a full minute. Espoontoon, I have not fired up the hemp filter you gave me to try, but it will brew the VERY NEXT pot of coffee.
Looking out the window, I always seem to think of gardening so I thought I would show you my "garden" this year. I took a walk down the driveway to get the Sunday T-G and grabbed the camera to document the OTHER side of gardening. I hope it is not a sign of the day to come, but I quickly found out that I did not have the memory card in there.
Then I sat down to plug the one picture I was able to get on the resident memory and realized I was trying to plug in my Blackberry, not the camera. Yeesh, I need this first cup of coffee!
I know, I know, it is almost sacrilegious to let your garden go to wild, native plants. (weeds sounds so neglectful). But really, some of those were intentional, at least over the last few years. If you to took a close look, you could see cilantro, dill, soybean, tomato, garlic, beets, mints, bok choy, sugar snap peas, catnip, bachelor buttons, marigolds and various intentional (and unintentional) wildflowers.
I could argue that it is good to let your land "rest" occasionally to rebuild soil organisms, and generally restore itself BUT, that is not why the garden looks this way. The bottom line is that I simply did not have enough time this year to do what I should. I had to make a choice and the garden took the hit.
We had our land selectively logged this year and I have been spending about 2 hours a day cutting firewood from the tops and generally cleaning the forest. I have many "fun" hours, days and weeks ahead. That, combined with me taking the eBay classes on the road have consumed my extra time completely.
If I get more time, I will put it into cleaning the real weeds before they go to seed and may even have a fall garden, but knowing the hot dry months coming up, I will probably not have a true summer garden.
I planted a few tomatoes in containers and even one in an old stump as an experiment and will maintain the herbs and figs, but other than that, nature will be my gardener. With wonderful nature being what it is, it is not a terrible thing, but it will not be prim and proper by any means. (not that it ever really was)
Backsliders take heart! It can happen to the any of us and we recover.