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Monday, July 6, 2009

Mistakes - and the courage to correct them

The road to you-know--where is paved with good intentions. In the case of my garden's Bunny Food section, my good intentions ended up with too little "pavement." I reuse boards from an old fence and old deck, stepping stone style, to create walkways. In my quest to plant more in the existing space, I made the walkways too small. That's the bad news.



The good news is also bad news. I planted two kinds of spinach, but only one came up. See the space between the parsley and the spinach? Weeds and two too-small boards, that's all. The good news is that left me space to put down a wider walkway. I pulled out the boards that held back the raised beds and placed them over the weeds and dirt.



Now I have more room to walk, more room to kneel while harvesting or weeding, and I don't have to weed or water the portion under the boards. The boards themselves will keep the bad seeds down. Next year I'll know better. For now, change is good. Parsley on the left, spinach on the right, stepping "stones" in the middle: it works for me!

Next on the to-do list: harvest lettuce (in the foreground). Salads, tacos, bunny food, or all three? By the end of summer, this lettuce will feed people and rabbits - the pets in the house, that is. You wild ones? Please be cute somewhere else!

2 comments:

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Khrys said...

I am glad you were able to get the wider path, your garden looks so much better than mine:) Though I have to admit I have a VERY small yard compared to yours. I have a total of 5 tomato plants & one red pepper inside my garden fence. In a pot I have Chives. In another part of my yard I have Munstead Lavender, Catnip, Basil and that was the extent of my planting for this year. I can almost taste the tomatoes now!