Sunday, May 24, 2009

Dreaming Green.

A few months ago I learned that my town still has community garden plots for rent. Some of my college friends will recall my adventures in gardening in the early 90s. For little to no weeding, I actually managed to get a lot of produce from that garden.

One reason I've always wanted my own home was for a yard and a garden plot. However, it turns out that containers work pretty well in the apartment too. And with a 20 x 40 foot plot available for rent, I am hoping I can grow a few more things to keep me in veggies and fresh flowers for a time.

Because Memorial Day is early and because our spring is late, it's probably okay that I've not planted anything yet. The garden plots aren't ready yet anyway. I'm a leetle teensy bit nervous that they won't be all that great because it's already been admitted that the soil isn't as good as it was in the location I once used (where a ginormous hockey arena now sits). So, fingers crossed, the soil will be good enough. I was going to do all seeds except for tomato plants and suddenly I found myself buying far more little plants than planned.

I haven't worked it all out yet, but the plans are to plant potatoes, corn, onions, green beans, carrots, lettuce, arugula, spinach, cauliflower, broccoli, cilantro, lemon basil, chives, rosemary, oregano, dill, sage, genovese basil, sweet basil, tomatoes, red peppers, golden peppers, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, cabbage, spaghetti squash, cucumbers and some flowers: zinnias, dahlias, shasta daisies, gladiolas, and snapdragons.

I may need TWO plots! :)


noelnjen said...

You're pretty ambitious! That's more garden than I could handle. :-) I remember your garden during college summers. Can you amend the soil with compost? Our landfill lets you take compost by the pickup load for free. (Of course, this requires the use of a pickup and a lot of shoveling.) We threw compost all over our front lawn this spring instead of using the traditional fertilizer method, and it is amazing how much better it looks. You can actually see the line where we stopped!

Carm said...

I am probably going to regret this but I'm not quite ready to try "amend the soil"... maybe next year if this proves to be less than ideal growing conditions.

This weekend should be the big planting one.


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