Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Garden Of The Future
This photo is a) probably not the kind of photo you're missing, Mimi, and b) not all that current, but it is the one I have of my garden space. I took this during the fencing-in process, which is still not completely done because I haven't decided what I'm doing about a gate yet. We have serious rodent issues, which is why the fence is buried. There's an additional layer of (also buried) hardware cloth. I worry sometimes that I'm just providing an elaborate ladder for the climbing variety of local fur ball. If that proves to be the case, I'm prepared to add a layer of roof flashing for a slippery first several inches. In the meantime, I'm concentrating on keeping out the crawling/hopping/digging fur balls.
It's not a huge space, but my plan for next year is herbs, greens, tomatoes, and a couple other things yet to be decided. I don't need tons of space for such moderate goals. If it goes well AND it looks like we'll be here for another year after next summer, I'll work on an expansion. The space this time around was determined by two things: the space the previous occupants had leveled for their above-ground swimming pool and the length of the fencing that was sitting here waiting to be around my garden.
Over the next few months, I'll be pounding sun-baked free-range cattle poop and trying to score used coffee grounds and spent grain from a brew-pub to get the soil ready for spring. And, with luck, I'll make one very small corner of Desertville bloom.