Thursday, March 26, 2009
Cedar chips that is, and I learned just how much three yards is. Yes, you can actually make out the pattern of the sun now. The cedar chips are the pathways and I should be able to make some beds this weekend. At first we were going to move the Weeping Chery tree to the other side of the garden but I really don't want to dig up a tree. Really. Maybe that will be next year.
I caught a horrible bronchial grossness a couple of weeks ago that kinda put me behind in all things life related. So now I am back and raring to go. Since my last post I have been in contact with lots of people who are really interested in helping us with the project as well as sharing great information and ideas. And perhaps the best part is I have actually met some neighbors!! Yes, a couple of them came over to see what we are doing. That was very exciting. Fruit Valley is in need of this just as much if not more than any other neighborhood. I am trying to get the interest going, trying to get the word out anyway I can. Perhaps start a neighborhood revolution. If I am lucky, maybe a County or State revolution. VIVA!!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Yesterday was sunny. It was warm and I had the perfect chance to start laying down the cardboard for the paths of the garden. So I proceeded to break up all of the very large boxes I had and lay them down on the grass. I have a neighbor diagonally from me. He has band practice every Sunday afternoon with his hardcore deathmetal band. I don't mind, it is nice that they do it in the afternoon and not at 11 at night. Anyway, he walked outside no less than 12 times yesterday to . . .
1) let his dog out
3) clean his gutters
. . . but mostly, I believe, to watch me. Why didn't he come over? Why didn't any of the 4 people watching this new girl on the block lay down dozens of boxes on her front lawn come over and ask me what the heck I was doing? This is precisely the reason why I am doing this neighborhood garden. In a few weeks when I have some serious work to get done, I will hang door signs and go to the neighborhood meetings and do anything else I need to do to get the word out. Come over and hang out with us. Plant some seeds, pull some weeds and learn about where your food should come from.
I am super excited and everyone around me knows it. Overwhelmed, yes but soooooo excited. I have gotten a few responses from people who have some random things to share (Loretta I am taking you up on your offer), but we need more. We need seeds and plants and all sorts of yummy things that we can share with the kids around town. The kids, they are the ones who will benefit the most from this. They are more than welcome to come over and see why some bugs are good and why worms are vital. There will be a section in the garden with birdhouses, bat-houses and beehouses. The educational part of it is the most exciting for me. Cool, huh? Come over and take a look. Ask me questions and grab a shovel.