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Tuesday 23 March 2010 - Filed under Gardens

March 2010 - before digging
There is a section of the garden that I only acknowledge once a year. The wild garlic infested soil makes planting anything futile. Every spring, when the ground is still soft, the bulbs haven’t flowered, and the rain holds off, I rent drop boxes and cart out the infested soil, one wheelbarrow at a time. This is hands down the worst gardening chore I have to do, but every year, the remaining weed section gets smaller.

March 2010 - after digging
Little by little, I carve out more gardening space, and as of this year, I have a clear path all the way to the fence line, and a clear view of the ugly fence and the back of the neighbor’s shed.

back yard weeds
Sadly, the box is full and I still have two remaining patches that need to be dealt with, one in each corner of the yard. I’m not sure I can justify an additional $600 for another round this year, I think I’m stuck with these sections till next spring. Yuck. But gardeners are allegedly patient people, so I suppose I’ll figure out a way to ignore the rest until that time.

Raised beds IMG_0236.JPG
This is not the year I’ll finish building whatever the final thing is out there (greenhouse + patio + raised beds?), so for now I just look at my inspiration files and dream. And for the current year, I have a bunch of bare soil to figure out how to fill. Temporary potager maybe? Now to rest some sore muscles for a few days.

2010-03-23  »  megan

Talkback x 6

  1. Grace
    23 March 2010 @ 10:29 am

    Megan, my muscles ache just thinking about your inglorious garden job. I will stop bitching about the scattered wild garlic poking their ugly heads up from my soil. It’s too bad there isn’t something you could apply to the soil that would kill the bulbs but wouldn’t harm the soil. I love the area you’re talking about. It’s so rife with potential. I think that at least fifty percent of good gardening is the dreaming. You’ve got nice photos to keep you motivated.

  2. Loree
    23 March 2010 @ 12:22 pm

    WOW look at all that you got done, it’s amazing! All that space, congrats on a job well done! I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

    That part about gardeners being allegedly patient people? Where did you hear that? That’s crazy talk.

  3. tina
    24 March 2010 @ 6:45 am

    I saw this on Blotanical this morning and can say I definitely sympathize with you. I had a load of soil brought in but I found out too late it is full of wild garlic bulbs. They are impossible to get rid of, especially when the bed is already planted. You are doing good to haul all that dirt out of there. I can feel your pain here. Hope you get it squared away.

  4. Julie Smith
    26 March 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    That is a TON of work and you are doing an awesome job. I’ve been forced to become a more patient gardener but I still hate waiting. Can’t wait to see where you take this!

  5. Karen
    5 April 2010 @ 8:56 am

    Oh, I do not envy you this task. How horrible that it is yearly, and costly, and physically painful. However, all that work seems to be paying off and maybe next year will the the year to build what you dream of. Something to screen the icky fence/shed (more bamboo?), a covered lounge area, a greenhouse, a pond/bog garden, what will it be??! Can’t wait to see. I agree with Loree, I think gardeners aren’t the most patient people I know, including myself!

  6. Farmer Jade
    19 April 2010 @ 5:47 am

    Have you considered sheet mulching? You can lay down cardboard and top it with compost or wood chips. Weeding and grass problems solved!