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 blog about the pleasures of living like a farm kid in an urban context. There’s a big focus on ecology and wildlife because this brings joy and is the greatest potential most people have of restoring some balance to nature. You can also use my services for landscaping your property using native plants. You can upgrade to a new ground cover to gradually replace your lawn and green up your parking spot. You can also prevent bird crashes with advice or my assistance.
My mission is to inform and engage you in an appreciation for resilience and living close to the land. I also want to help you increase the beauty and biodiversity of your property and our towns, cities, and regions.