Garden (?) Report

I have one of the least successful gardens in my neighbourhood. It’s not for want of trying but most of my strategy has failed. I planted a fine lawn but because it was winter-killed twice in two successive years, I had only a fraction of the compost I planned to generate… So, the only successful plantings have been trees which are tough enough to live on just about anything and a few flowers and vegetables grown in topsoil trucked in.

Sigh. I barely manage to keep up with the weeds which are thriving. Today, I used up my last few empty pots to plant marigolds. They love the topsoil and they are very hard to kill. I’ve built a large planter/raised bed in which I will grow asparagus from seed next year. If TLW lets me fill the planter this year, I should have a gazillion marigolds and tomatoes thriving too. I’ve plenty of spare trees in pots to take the places of any that die and to plant the last few corners without trees and eventually I will plant a new lawn and reduce my maintenance of that weed-patch…

So, life goes on. Despite age, humidity, high temperatures, wind, drought, rain, harassment by TLW and too much clay and stones the property will carry on improved a little by my efforts. It was just a patch of weeds when we moved in. Now its actually bearing fruit. We had a small harvest of asparagus this year and a few berries. I’ve even managed to grow an apple and several bunches of grapes that will ripen in another month. I may not live to see the final productivity but life is good.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Garden (?) Report

  1. dougman says:

    Come August, use a seed drop spreader and dump a few hundred pounds of Canada Bluegrass or Rough Bluegrass, they are both cold hardy fescues.

    Weeds can be killed with weed cloth, or just keep dumping seed spring/fall to overgrow it.

    Raised beds can be constructed from pressure treated 2×8’s and filled with a mixture of 75% peat moss and 25% sand. Once built, till in some lime when you plant your cold weather seeds/seedlings. Carrots are a good start, they will over winter as long as you keep them dry. Onions, radishes, broccoli and spinach prefer cooler weather.

    I just sowed a 30′ bed of cucumbers today, sometime in the next few weeks I plan on sowing 3-4 30′ beds of carrots to over winter.

    Presently I have corn (205), squash (120), beans (300), radishes (50), carrots (100), tomatoes (20) and peppers (30) growing.

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