Late Spring planting in the Disorganized Garden

Posted: April 8, 2015 in Urban farming

Many of the plots at our community garden are lovely in their symmetry. Marigolds are deliberately planted next to tomato plants. Trellises for beans and tomatoes are set up BEFORE the plants reach Leviathan-like status. Raised beds are made of shiny new wood and all weeds have been mercilessly eradicated to allow for the growing of small seedlings. Planting sections are neatly cordoned off with string and little fruit trees in pots add just the right visually pleasing accent to the happy little plots. Wind chimes tinkle pleasantly in the onshore breezes. Ahhhh……..

And then? There are our gardens.

…where the wind chimes are strategically located, so that I smack my head on them every time I turn the outside light on and off.

We started planting this year quite late. So. Anything that managed to overwinter gets to stay. The eggplant in the front raised bed which now sprawls over nearly three feet of real estate has blooms all over it. The kale tree? I took a couple of limbs off, but pretty much left it as is otherwise. The pepper plants on the roof have freaking peppers! Why would I pull those out, right? And the artichoke plant? Well, I’ve tried to kill it, but, the damn thing is like Buffy.

Volunteers grow in all sorts of weird places in our gardens and because we’re running behind, we’ve left most of them. Sweet potatoes grow wherever the damn raccoon threw them before his encounter with Kazumi. We have A LOT of sweet potatoes. Tomato plants are popping up where old plants grew. Surely, one more year of tomatoes in the same locations will be okay? We’ll move them next year. Swear. Tomato plants are popping up where they did NOT grow last year. One is growing by the rose bush in the front. I know not what kind, from whence it came, determinate or no, but it just wants to say, “hey”. Rogue cabbage sprouted up over the winter. I think I maybe recall planting seeds there at some point???? But, they’re heading so they get to keep going. And there are several dozen squash sprouts growing where a forgotten squash of current unknown variety apparently decomposed. I’ve thinned a few things, propped a wildly overgrown volunteer tomato plant up with a trellis, and pretty much left the rest of the volunteers, as is. Dude. They’re planted.

We planted seedlings this spring- no labels, of course. We’re running late! I know what they are. We also planted a bunch of seeds. Beans, too much squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, and turnips were handed off to the kid. I was busy making soil. She was just hanging out. Did I mention we’re running late? Ha, ha, ha! Clumps of seedlings are sprouting up all over. Still…no labels. I know what they are. Mostly.

And finally, several of our raised beds have started to slump. I moved some dirt and then, started propping them up with stray bits of odds and ends I found here and there. An old stake from the backyard, a piece of piping, bricks, deaccessioned metate fragments… Don’t ask. I propped the peach tree up with a stake. The banana tree, too. Although since the banana tree would not stay in place, I tied it off with a plastic bag. That’ll hold it!

Our gardens feel wilder than in years before, but they are fragrant and full of color… AND?? ….nearly planted. đŸ™‚


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