Gardendote of the Day 2013-03-18
Even if there's a winter storm watch tomorrow, it's still mud season to me!
I'm going to do my best to replace the lost vegetal goodness of Plantidotes with some gardening posts of my own. Memorial Day -- when the seeds (or seedlings from flats) go in the ground -- is a long way off, but there is plenty to think about, and plenty of work to do, until that time.
Maybe I'll build my long-threatened El Cheapo cold frame. About this photo:
1. Yes, litter and winter grunge are what March in Maine is all about. Litter because the garden is close to the sidewalk, and "winter grunge" for the same reason: Winter grunge is a horrible combination of road salt and spray with all the other detritus that's left after the snow melts away out from under it (rather like a microscopic eschur). Mud season exists to wash away winter grunge leaving clean earth, or earth we can tell ourselves is clean.
2. My "living fence" of raspberries is a great success. Again, because the garden is close to the sidewalk, it (she?) needs protection from dogs, children, drunken pedestrians, and so forth. Because the rasberry bushes are tall and thorny, they protect the garden admirably. Even the most inebriated student isn't going to collapse into a stupor in the midst of a briar patch. Now, last fall I was lazy about absolutely everything except blogging, so I didn't cut any of the canes back at all, as you see. On the other hand, canes don't cut themselves back in nature, so we'll see what happens. The previous fall I was lazy by 180° -- Instead of only cutting back the canes that bore fruit, I cut back everything. The patch flourished anyhow. I guess we'll find out!
3. The "flower garden" has tended to become obscured by the raspberry patch. Last year, however, I put some zinnias in there, which grew to humongous size, and attracted butterflies ("beneficial insects').
NOTE Readers, feel free to chip in with your own gardening thoughts -- or, better, pictures -- in comments. And if anyone wants to pitch in on the series.... One of the really great things about Plantidotes is that twig and Kathryn worked together with a team (or "group," if the cubicalesque sound of "team" deters you). All lambert all the time is so dull, also too for lambert.