Thursday, May 13, 2010

Urban gardening

Since my academic life is suddenly less hectic than it has been in years, I have put my mind to developing new hobbies, or rather, to putting more time and effort into old ones that fell by the wayside long ago. So in the last few weeks I have been spending a great deal more time in the yard and garden. My lack of maintenance last summer meant that the azalea bushes in the front all died. So about a month ago I dug them all out and planted gladiolus bulbs instead. No picture because they haven't bloomed yet. The rose bush on the side of the porch, however, is beautiful as always:

In the back yard, the baby lettuce is tempting me to thin it out and eat some:

After several years of trying to grow vegetables in pots, with mixed success, I have finally taken the more committed step of digging up part of the yard for an in-ground garden. A concrete slab running parallel to the fence provided a convenient division for a little row of vegetables.

From seed, French round zucchini, ruby Swiss chard, and two kinds of cucumbers.

I just planted these yesterday so the picture shows you the bird netting tent and the urban garden scene, complete with chain fence and alley, rather than any actual plants.

I am almost too impatient to be a gardener; I look at the bare ground every day and chafe at the impossibly long number of days until harvest.

Three kinds of tomatoes: Early Girl (medium-sized red ones), Sun Gold (yellow cherry) and Cherokee Purple (yes, heirloom purple tomatoes).

And most delightfully of all, a brave little raspberry bush:

At this stage, a gardening hobby turns into an even less glamorous weeding and watering hobby, so I will inflict no more pictures upon you until the harvest begins.

But I can certainly find other non-academic things to keep me busy:


Jena said...

Wow, a whole new post just in the time between leaving my first comment and coming back to the site.

I'm so jealous! Roses! Baby lettuces! Raspberries! Sigh... maybe I can time a visit out there to coincide with harvest? Although will the raspberries actually produce this year?

Also, inspired by your activiy, I've been revamping my own blog (and thus avoiding the study of my Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation book). So thanks for that.

Dana said...

I think the raspberries will produce, but I don't expect much this year. I'm not sure when peak production will be for the rest but you could visit in early August after I get back from France.

Baby lettuces are easy to grow in a shallow pot and they like Oregon weather...

mary said...

You are an amazingly talented young woman, not to mention that you are lovely, with a personality to match.


You're lucky that your city living allows for suburban indulgences! Let me know if you ever need help in your garden. It's so cathartic.