Our Garden Metamorphosis Has Begun — Organic Veggies, Here We Come!
September 20, 2010 § 8 Comments
As those of you know who’ve been reading my blog since I started writing it five months ago, we’ve been waiting to renovate our backyard before kicking into full gear on the organic vegetable gardening front. The woman who originally owned our house was clearly a gardener; she built terraces into the sloped backyard and planted a host of flowering shrubs and trees.
Unfortunately, as she aged and had to go to a nursing home, the tenants who rented the house didn’t do much upkeep, so the railroad ties delineating the terraces began to rot, the pine trees towered to 80 feet (killing everything underneath them with their acidic pine needs and/or their shade) and the other vegetation fell into disrepair (including our now-beloved and productive apple tree).
Over the past five years we did a bit here and there — we cut down the pines, opening our yard to the possibility of sunshine, and earlier this year, we cleared half of the weeds and began taking better care of what remained.
But today, the big guns came in. I wish I could say we were crafty enough to do this on our own, but I’ll be honest: we’re not. So, a landscaper and his crew are hacking out the remaining pine tree stumps by hand with an axe because you can’t get a stump grinder into our backyard (three stumps, two feet in diameter each; not a fun job); rebuilding the retaining walls; and installing a large raised vegetable bed in the sunniest part of the yard, complete with chicken wire buried 18 inches into the dirt to stop gophers from digging up our food. We’ll also create spots to plant beautiful flowers and shrubs so that we feel ensconced in nature, even though we live in the city.
Which means that soon, this…
…will be transformed so that more of this is around…
And I’m also dreaming of planting, nurturing and one day harvesting Romanesco and Chinese broccoli, kale, bull’s blood beets, French carrots, onions and leeks…mmm. (I’ve learned my lesson on the tomatoes — not planning on any of those.) The next phase of our edible gardening adventure has begun — our next step toward my long-term vision of growing 80% of the produce we eat!