During this time of lockdown and being stuck at home I have to say thank goodness I have a garden. It may not be the best, but it is mine and it is outside.
This morning I was reading an article in The Guardian where David Byrne from Talking Heads was looking back over the last 8 months of his life living in an apartment in New York. It occurred to me as I started it how hard apartment living must be at this time.
Being outside during lockdown
Wanting to be outside to enjoy the fresh air is not as easy as it was last year or the year before. Having to wear a mask means you miss the smell of the air. Being outside is so different.
I don’t want to complain, because I understand why we are in lockdown and don’t object to it. However, when I think about people who live in apartments I feel for them and their small space where they can go without wearing a mask.
We don’t live on a massive block of land, but we do have a garden. Smaller than some, but bigger than many. I thought it might be nice today to show you around it. Now I have to warn that while I have done a bit to clean it up and get it under control, there is still a long way to go.
So let’s take a look at the front, back, and side.
The back garden
The grass out here was very long just over a week ago. We bought a Makita 18V Li-Ion Cordless Brushcutter Kit, a whipper snipper, to help us maintain it. We were thinking about getting a lawnmower, but really this was more important. It is a rather weird space, we have never really known what to do with it.
When I had my first vegetable garden I had it out here. Unfortunately, it really doesn’t get enough sun and no morning sun.
You may have noticed that there are two compost bins. I am trying to get back into doing that, but I know I will never be able to just have one and do the turning and whatnot. While looking on YouTube for ideas about composting I saw one that suggested having two. You have one that fills up and when it is full you leave it for a number of weeks. Then you start on the second. By the time that one is full then the first should be ready to use. That is the theory anyway. We will see how we go with it.
The side garden
Our house is a rectangle and goes down the block, so we have quite a bit of space out the side of the house.
Some of the photos I showed you a week or so back were taken from this view. I was planting lots of flowers, but they are all gone now. When I let the garden go we ended up with a problem with blackberries. I’ve been trying to get rid of them for quite some time.
Also, the ornamental pear tree shades it quite a bit, and I don’t think flowers would grow there very well now. I like that it is like a bit of woodland or something. A bit wild. I will probably leave it much it like this, maybe just tidy it up more.
The front garden
This is where most of the work has been done. It is also the garden that gets the most sun, especially that morning sun.
We have a huge amount of cement paving around our house. It was done well before we moved here. Good or bad, I don’t know. However, when we bought the two raised garden beds it seemed like a natural place to put them on that cement at the front of the house.
I have also dug up some space in the actual garden to plant vegetables as well. We have a lot of trees along the front so it is hard to see into our yard. Hopefully, that will help protect the vegetables and they won’t get stolen.
If the veggies go well this year we are going to try the back garden again next year. Get some more raised beds to put out there.
I love the idea of being self-sufficient. Growing our own vegetables to eat. I just hope I can make it work and that it won’t have all been a waste of money and time.
Do you grow your own food? Have you had a lot of luck?