Gardening

Garden Sabbatical

It was a tough decision. Actually not really, I’m pretty good about making decisions quickly and feeling good about my judgement.

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The little itty bitty garden I had last year did show me that I could make living things continue to live. It was not as difficult to garden as I worried it might be. But perhaps, that is because I didn’t make it so hard. I planted, watered and weeded. I didn’t do anything fancy. I didn’t use any fancy products (if you recall I used a screwdriver to help till the soil) to keep things blooming or keep bugs off.  I didn’t even prune anything.

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However, a couple of unique considerations have led me to realize there cannot be a Pedersen Garden this year. Despite my initial sadness, I know this will only serve to allow me to have a better garden next year, when (I’m going to assume here people) we are living in our house.

Removing the posts from the old garden plot.
Removing the posts from the old garden plot.

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  1. We have no water. Now last year I planted such a tiny garden, but even with all the rain we fortunately had, there were many times I left our property to get water and haul it back to water the produce in the heat. This wasn’t such a big deal, but realistically, it is best for the garden to have a water source on site (besides rain). With my work schedule this year, I feel it unlikely I can spend the time hauling water twice a day in my car to the garden.
  2. Food storage. As we do not have our house to yet live in, part of growing your own produce is kind of negated. There really isn’t an opportunity for me to can or freeze large quantities of produce as I go and have access to that food as needed. So if I have twenty tomatoes ripe at the same time….I must eat TWENTY TOMATOES. This is impractical and kind of against the whole point of a garden-growing food more cheaply that you can store and use throughout the year.
  3. Location/Time. The future location of the garden is on the southwest corner of our property. We did try to borrow a tiller from a friend (but it is currently not operating correctly). And, after conversations about tilling, my ever-researching husband has discovered what took will actually be the best for us. Financially, it is not an option this year as our money is going into completing the house. Gardening is time sensitive, so by the time we may have the money to buy said equipment or borrow equipment from others (as my husband’s schedule and mine no longer match all that well since I am again working), it will be too late to plant by the time we have a Saturday off together. And, I’m thinking I don’t want to get out the screwdriver to till again.

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The little garden, a year after planting.
The little garden, a year after planting with the posts removed.
Strawberry shoots coming through the frozen dirt.
Strawberry shoots coming through the frozen dirt.

It’s a little sad, because the strawberries from last year already started their own little patch and had shoots everywhere in the new garden. But I will still have my wild raspberries and mulberries in July. And let’s face it, a month of wild raspberries can brighten anyone who feels the sadness of a summer without home grown zucchini.

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