After expecting to blog every week about how my garden grew according to plans, I met with embarrassing failure. Peppers, garlic, dill, mint, pole beans, carrots, chard, beets, and other stuff didn’t grow. My above-ground planter box, 12″ deep, has been good for nothing except the two plantain weeds I put there for my rabbits. Even my transplanted lettuce there – capped with a glass shelf to deter the birds – has failed. All my lettuce sprouts die or get stolen wherever I transplant them, and it is getting really frustrating that this happens.
Consider me discouraged, but not down or out. I do have some lovely photos to share of plants that grew decently this summer in the backyard.
After boxing up and adding new soil to the section intended for salad – all stolen by small birds and animals – the perimeter wasn’t good enough. The sparrows were coming in from the top.
I replanted cucumbers around the perimeter and Swiss chard near the edges. Lettuce still is failing!
Many tomato seedlings sprung up. After this garden, intended for chard, beets, and spinach failed, I put the tomatoes in. They liked it.
No cavolo to see, but just enough rocket, endive, and volunteer tomato plants.
Some bean seedlings near the wall, but they do not grow (esp. since a rabbit attack)
All that really remains of my many, many bean seedlings
The skunk attacked this lily
Lilies, at least, can be counted upon whatever the weather.
This is a long-running “lifestyle” blog about the pleasures of living like a farm kid in an urban context. You’ll find a wide range of topics that pertain to food, crafts, energy efficiency, and DIY. There’s a big focus on ecology and wildlife because this has brought me a lot joy – but this is also the greatest potential we have of restoring some balance to nature where we live.
Given that, I’ve turned my attention to providing more content for people to switch traditional lawns over to native landscaping and green driveways and things that will support climate readiness, drought and flood-prevention, and increased habitat for biodiversity. Comments and questions are welcome!
If you’re in the Montreal region, you can also use my “Rewilding” service to landscape your property using native plants, convert to a green driveway, and prevent your windows from killing birds.
My mission is to engage you to appreciate ecological resilience and encourage you to take steps to live closer to the land. I want people to increase the beauty, biodiversity, and climate-change readiness our towns, cities, and regions. That begins with homeowners, small business owners – people who own property. Change the way we typically do things, and we change the world.