Planted 3 rows of red, yellow, white onions and garlic at the beginning of March. We call these Easter onions, because they're supposed to grow enough by Easter so you can eat them with dyed eggs, but as always, I planted them a little late.
MY FIRST WATERMELON!!!
Its so cute! I'm so excited to show if off to anyone who will listen..even though it absolutely swallowed up my garden and a few tomatoes in the process 😅
What to do with fallen leaves: a short story
I told my landlord if we can leave the fallen leaves on the ground, they can decompose naturally and enrich the soil. He said no and hired a gardener to remove them all with a chemical-filled leaf blower. I hate landlords.
What world do we want to live in and create? Biodiversity is being lost in urban neighborhoods because of monocultural aesthetics and property values. We were taught to take pride in lawns, which are one of the most useless modern fixtures. A front yard full of native plants, weeds, and flowers could be an important home for many other species, but we decide to go with clean-cut grass monocultures, often using poison to kill any other species of planet.
I've been trying to prepare my garden for the next season. Since it’s my responsibility to take care of the garden, I asked my landlord if I could leave the fallen leaves on the ground so they can be beneficial for the soil. He said he didn't like the leaves “creating a mess” on the property and the next day, when I was shopping for groceries, he hired a gardener to collect all the leaves. Using gas-powered leaf blowers produces toxic waste like fuel filters and contaminated air filters. Blowers erode, compact and dry out soil, and harm plants, microorganisms, and pollinators. All for the sake of what you see in the second photo.
So, here are some tips/education on what to do with fallen leaves in your backyard:
1.) Leave them be. Leaves are great for wildlife species like worms, moths, and tiny critters. With moths, nearly 94% of species rely on the leaf layer to complete their lifecycle. The wintertime is a prime spot for species to partake in these activities.
2.) Use them! The leaves are free mulch and fertilizer!!! Leaves form a natural mulch that helps suppress weeds and, at the same time, fertilize the soil as they break down.
3.) Move them. Most lawns fail to provide habitat for species already co-existing in ecosystems, but you can always move the leaves to another designated area in the garden. Having a relationship with other species and the seasons invites us to contemplate natural cycles, like life and death.
Anyways, even though it's not my house, I still get sad at how hostile we are towards other life and how little control I have over my garden as a tenant.
Source: National Wildlife Federation
A slice of the cottage life in my big city garden.
Two years ago, it started with an almost bare patio and a few container plants. Now I have an obsession on a tiny patio.
Posted them already, but I had to wash them and take a prettier photo.
The varieties are: Old German, an unknown yellow variety I definitely didn't sow intentionally, Paul Robeson, Brandywine True Black, Tlacolula Ribbed, Zapotec Brown Flesh, local heirloom I don't know the name of, Black Beauty, Auria, Beauty Lottringa Orange, Voyage, Charlie Chaplin, Phil's One, Purple Smaragd, Thai Pink Egg and Barry's Crazy Cherry.
My dreams last night were an entire series of dreams where I explained different gardens to Some Guy (no idea who he was. I think he might have been my dream boyfriend but I also get the feeling he was protecting me? Like in a bodyguard way?). I started with the gardens at Versailles, then I talked about an extensive home garden we were visiting that only exists in my head and was basically a container garden version of a food forest, then we were at the Alhambra, and it was all very detailed and I was talking about math and architecture and landscaping and normally my dreams don't hold up to scrutiny once I'm awake but everything I talked about was correct???
Yes, that feeling you have been having in your gut is true. They really dislike you and think your taste in seasonal greens is god awful.