Hey, what the *arse* happened?
Last summer, with hope in my heart and armed with a black thumb, I tried to grow stuff in my garden. For the three people wondering what happened next? Disaster.
Last July was not just the rainiest July ever, but it was actually the rainiest month Ottawa had ever seen. EVER. My backyard, which isn’t terribly sunny at the best of times, was a big puddle. From the 12 bean plants I had, I got six beans. None of them were very good either. My tomatoes, which, if you read back you will see I put outside in MAY, did not mature until October. One got one green tomato on it. The frost destroyed it.
Important lessons learned:
1. Drainage is your friend. First thing I did when gardening weather rolled ’round (in early April), I put crushed brick in the bottom of all my garden boxes and added Perlite to all my soil.
2. Water is good, but not all you need: I bought some acrylic panels to put over my boxes to make de factor greenhouses for some of my seedlings to keep them warmer and keep them from drowning.
3. Squirrels suck: I planted dozens and dozens of daffodil, crocus, and tulip bulbs last fall and have been finding them dug up and scattered. A lot survived, though, only to be ravaged later.
4. Warfare requires good defense: There’s so much wire fence out back that it’s starting to look like Troubles-era Belfast.
Ah well, onward and upward. Here are some more photos:
PS The first few images are from THE FIRST WEEK OF APRIL and most of the rest are from a couple of weeks later).