Gardening on the Urban Frontier

As previously mentioned, a major item on the must-have list was a large enough yard that received adequate sunlight and could handle a significant amount of vegetables.  I passed on many a fine house because the yard was either too small or too shaded.

Our cluster of potted herbs

Due to the timeframe, we weren’t able to get earlier growing veggies into the ground in time, so we kept the selection small, or so we intended, i.e. the Tomatoes and more Tomatoes post.  We ended up planting Tomatoes, Peppers, Kale, Swiss Chard, Cilantro, Onions, Chives, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Spearmint, Lettuce, Spinach, Arugula, and Raspberry Bushes.

Newly planted Raspberry bushes

While this did exceed our “keeping it small our first year” gardening strategy, nature had its own way of regulating my potential harvest.  Six weeks of no rain and frequently hitting near and over 100 degree temperatures took care of the spinach, onions, and all but one chive plant, as well as severely thinning out the lettuce, sections of newly planted grass, and many flowers.

Amanda watering some thirsty Tomato plants

Doing our best to not be distressed by the actions of Mother Nature, we’ve been selectively watering our plants to carry them through the dry spell.  Most of them are hanging on remarkably well considering the harsh conditions, but I just keeping thinking about how if we didn’t live in the 21st century in the U.S. with access to water and respite from this heat, we’d all be dead along with the plants.

Post by Lanny


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