Though everything is very barren right now, at least all the damned spurge is gone.
This is spurge.
If you live in Portland, you’re probably at least passingly familliar with this invasive and insideous plant.
No, it’s not covered in spines or anything, but it gets EVERYWHERE, and if you get it’s sap on you you will never
be free of it- it’s exceptionally sticky, and known to cause burns and rashes. Also, it’s classically been used as an expectorant . What fun!
I hate the stuff, but it LOVES my garden, and I spend far too long wrestling with it. My victory is only temporary,
but it’s a victory nevertheless.
Anyway- there is bare soil now, but…..
I can just imagine it overflowing with edibles! So much deliciousness you can barely stand it.
Hunter and I put a LOT of labor into this, and I expect, though it may be a little funny looking, that in the end
it will be so lush and green you won’t believe your eyes.
I still need to get some more pots for tomatoes, peppers, and dig out a space for corn, but that’s not for a month or two.
Sadly, there are no photos of the wonderful hanging vine that’s devouring our porch. It’s very Haversham-esque at the moment,
and I was in a hurry so I didn’t take any photos of it. I’ll make sure to include it next time.
I’m hopeful that the soil I had imported into my yard a few years ago is healthy enough to support some hardier, shallow-rooted veggies. First I think it will be prudent to try a bit of lettuce, spinach, maybe even some amaranth. Something that won’t rely on a complex root system like carrots, onions, beets, or taters. As far as I can tell, the nice topsoil I got only goes down about 4-6 inches, though I plan on taking more accurate measurements soon.
Also, I don’t think I get all that much sun. I’ve got a fence surrounding most of the yard that is absolutely essential in my crack-den neighborhood.
It’s is really too bad, since it precludes most melons, corns (though I’m going to give thise a shot anyway), okra, many fruit trees, several exotic berries and tubers I’d love to try, many peppers and tomato varieties… the list goes on. I’ve recently heard about these little sun exposure meters that could at least give me some idea of how grim my sun situation really is. I think it might be prudent to invest in a few of those. *reminder to self*
The last two weekends I’ve spent a large chunk of time wrestling with my neglected garden. It’s been so easy just to buy a bag of wildflower seeds and let my front garden turn into an urban jungle. It’s pretty too, but after a sudden inspiration, I’ve decided to go back to my old passion. I think of it as “ornamental edibles”- plants that are beautiful, and delicious. Especially if one is so very pressed for space and money, having a multifunction garden is really the only option.
Lots of heirlooms, exotics, and unusual additions. I’m probably biting off way more than I can chew, but that’s sort of the way I go about things. I’m just hoping that my expired know how will be enough to bring about a usable harvest.
List of things that will be/ are in the garden: Bloody Butcher Corn (guess what color that is?!), Romanesco Broccoli (aka Mandelbroccoli), Dragon Carrots (blood red carrots), Crystal Apple Cucumber (kind of like lemon cukes, but even cuter), Cheyenne Bush Squash (pumpkinoid squash), Asparagus Peas (neither pea, nor asparagus!), Scarlet Runner Beans (a personal favorite), Five Color Silverbeet Chard (even more colorful than the Bright Lights variety!), Cincinnati Market Radishes (a bit like pinkish carrots), Chioggia Beets (target striped-beets), Black Cherry Tomatos (self explanitory), Love Lies Bleeding Amaranth (the gothic grain), Deep Purple Bunching Onions (Pretty!), Rainbow’s End Heirloom Tomato Mix (A variety of three different heirlooms- very cool), Corno Di Toro Italian Roasting Peppers (mini bell pepprs), Listada De Gandia Eggplants (miniature purple and white stiped variety), Watermelon Radishes (white on the outside, red on the in!), Bush Blue Lake Beans (a classic container vegetable staple), Arugula, Lemon Basil, Catnip, Fenugreek, Mint, Chives, Dill, Cilantro, probably some more herbs I just haven’t gotten around to buying… and of course Figs, Niagara Grapes, Raspberries, and Apples.