Wednesday – Gardening

I haven’t been in the workshop much.  Instead I’ve been digging in the garden.  We have this area where we’ve tried have a vegetable garden, but it’s never really worked out.  Between water cuts, bugs, diseases and local animals we rarely get anything we can actually eat.

A couple of weeks ago Heather and I went to see Filoli.  This is an old estate south of San Francisco with wonderful gardens.  It’s a favorite place of ours.  One of the gardens they have is called, “The cutting garden,” which supplies cut flowers for the estate.  That’s when the idea hit me, instead of being frustrated trying to do a vegetable garden, why not a cutting garden?

We love flowers and they do well in our yard so with the Filoli inspiration we’ve started to convert the little veggie plot.  Here’s what it looks like at the moment:

The future cutting garden.

The future cutting garden.

The plan is to rebuild the planter into a number of smaller boxes, improve the drip irrigation and enclose the whole thing in a wire cage to keep the local squirrels, raccoons and possums at bay. This last weekend I dug out much of the poor soil that was here and started cleaning up the area.  Heather started some seedlings that we’ll transplant here in a few weeks.

More on this project as the weeks go by.

If you need me – I’ll be out back,

Andrew

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I work in the high tech world doing software release engineering Then I got prostate cancer Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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32 Responses to Wednesday – Gardening

  1. That’s a great idea. Hopefully you don’t plant tasty flowers!
    Someone inspired me recently to put lemons from our tree into a vase and enjoy them that way so as not to feel guilty when I can’t use them all. We give away a ton, but this is yet another way to enjoy them.

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  2. Glynis Jolly says:

    Reading your first paragraph, I got an instant notion that may or may not work so you can still have organic veggies. IF your patio/deck is large enough (I remember seeing small clips of it before), some vegetables do well in pots. With they being on the patio/deck, care and protection would be easier. Anyway, just an idea.

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    • The problem we have is with small animals, like raccoons, just about the time a veggie is ripe a little critter gets a meal instead of me. Hopefully in the new caged in area, that won’t be an issue any more.

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  3. Brings back happy memories of my allotment.

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  4. My grandparents grew a vegetable garden that fed them and a lot of the family the entire year. Something(s) has happened since the 50’s, and vegetable gardening has become very hard to do on a small scale. Large greenhouses can certainly do it, but the small guy is lucky to get a few tomatoes (maybe). I think your idea is a very interesting one since flowers are food for the soul. 🙂

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  5. davidprosser says:

    A nice idea for bringing colour to the back and introducing it to the house too. Have fun.
    Hugs

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  6. Yay for you! I could talk gardening all day long. Look forward to watching this project evolve.

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  7. Debra says:

    What a good idea! I think having a dedicated spot is a very good plan. I have flowers that I could cut, but when they’re spread throughout the landscape I typically don’t want to cut them! I might adopt your suggestion. And thanks for the link to Filoli. Next time we’re up visiting our son I would like to try to see it. It is very appealing.

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    • Yes, we have flowers all over too and never cut them – even the roses we rarely cut to bring in to the house. And you have to see Filoli. It’s not that big and you can see the whole garden in a couple of hours. We like to get up there early for a walk around the garden and then have lunch in their little cafe.

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  8. pommepal says:

    I will look forward to a splash of colour invading your blog soon…

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  9. PiedType says:

    I don’t have a garden (too lazy), and a very limited lawn (around here about 30% of every yard is a rock mulch border) — to save water. Not terribly attractive and a real heat sink next to the house. Yet I still have wildlife problems. Rabbits eat my grass! Flowers would be nice, for some color. But I’ll bet rabbits love flowers even more than luscious lawns. A bed like yours with chicken wire over it would be just the thing … but you live too far away to tend it for me.

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  10. jfwknifton says:

    I’m glad you have got a wire cage around everything. There’s nothing worse than losing your crops to wild animals. Who would have thought that deer would eat tulips?

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    • Deer will eat almost any plant. Our problem is with raccoons. They love to dig for worms in our garden. First they dig out the plant, then eat they worms and we clean up the mess. Fun!

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  11. Carrie Rubin says:

    Sounds like a great project, especially since it gets you outdoors and off the screen. I should find something like that…

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  12. Good grief, you’re a gardener too? A true renaissance man, Andrew.

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  13. lorieb says:

    I’m jealous, waiting anxiously to get out into my gardens

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  14. Chris White says:

    Nice to see you busy out in the garden. Looking good.

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