Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
My Mom's Garden
Today my sister and I joined her to get the vegetable garden going. Fortunately for us the grounds crew had rototilled most of her garden otherwise I'd still be there digging it up. They couldn't do it all because of the strawberries, spinach and peas she'd already planted.
The photo below is the before. Her portion extends to the right to where the soil seems to be tilled in a perpendicular direction and to the left where you can see some spinach growing. It's a long rectangle. At the far end are some raspberries that I think she inherited. This year her plot is double the size it was last year.
The major accomplishment today was to lay out defined beds and walkways wide enough for her to get around in the garden. She uses a cane most of the time for balance so it was important to make it easy for her to walk about. Last year she had such narrow paths which made it difficult to walk about.
Below are three narrow beds. From left to right we have spinach (planted earlier this spring and in the fall) and beets planted today, then in the middle a long narrow row of peas planted today in a wide trench, and to the right some peas she planted earlier with strawberries planted who knows when. The paths are wide enough for her here. Beyond these we made mounds for her to plant hills of squash. The soil there had been tilled so it was easy to rake it into mounds.