In the Garden of Whatever

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In the Garden of Whatever - The garden, as it really is - you know you know what I'm sayin' -

There are cottage gardens and English gardens and xeriscaped gardens and children’s gardens and on and on and on.  Ever been in The Garden of Whatever?  This post was originally released last year but, in case you’re feeling the gardening blues, I’m re-releasing it in honor of all us garden nerds!  The perfect gardens really only live in our heads – come be with me in the garden of whatever and feel better about your own garden…

What happens in the garden, stays in the garden

See if you recognize yourself in these words from Sharon Astyk, author of  What did I do when we needed a path through a wall of vines and plastic trellis panels for our ducks and their people to waddle through?  Duh, I got the Sawsall and we made a doorway.  Whatever.  It totally looks like we were being artsy fartsy with an archway of vines.

In the Garden of Whatever - an improvised arch in the ivy -

 What about the carrots that went to seed?  Forget about it, I totally remembered they were there and let them go to seed on purpose.  Biennials require planning, you know.

In the Garden of Whatever - Carrots just pop up all over the garden when I let them go to seed -

 What’s that about the Purslane growing in amongst the artichokes?  Of course, I meant for it to grow there; it will all be out and fed to the animals before the artichokes get too much bigger.  I grow Purslane whenever I can because it has the highest protein count of any land plant.  I’m smart about plants.

In the Garden of Whatever - Purlsane is a great herb but it does go everywhere!

 So smart, in fact, that I decided to let the radish and lettuce go to seed last year and then let that seed drop or fly where it would so that I could deliberately grow lettuce in the rows between my vegetable beds.  Some plants are just born free, man; let it be.

In the Gardne of Whatever - lettuce reseeds beautifully and is my favorite weed every year -

 Last year’s potatoes were a test, an exercise in the name of horticulture, to see if we could get them to grow in layers of straw.  We didn’t fail miserably, we simply found a way not to grow potatoes.  The chicken wire that held all that useless straw in place was still there around the old potato bed and, lo and behold, there were leftover potatoes leafing out so we just stuck some cardboard and feed bags between the wire and the soil and started piling it up over the stalks to encourage tuber growth.  Whatever.  It’s sound science to run trials with similar variables but different parameters.  Right?!

In the Garden of Whatever - just throw some dirt over the potatoes - whatever!

 As Miss Sharon says, “Am I panicked?  Nope.  Guilty?  Nope.  But only because I’ve been here so often that I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with the reality.  All the perfect gardens live in my head, and the truth is, every year’s garden is totally messed up.  The thing is, I end up eating a lot of food from that messed up garden, and it does get better every year.  Or at least every year without sheep in the front yard.”

Amen, Sister.  Did I ever mention I’m a Master Gardener.  Bwa haa haa!

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16 thoughts on “In the Garden of Whatever

  1. Wonderful post! Sounds like my garden, except its dill, oregano, chives, tomatoes, kale, plantain and other chicken fodder growing between my raised beds. After 4 growing seasons, the clematis tumbles and wraps itself around every nearby shrub, not happy staying on its trellis. Columbine and violets self seeds themselves freely. Rasberry plants pop up in mysterious places. We will be moving from this house in 6 weeks and I doubt the new owners will be able or want to keep up with the gardens. My husband accuses me of over landscaping at every house we have ever owned, 7! Next house is an acre flat lot blank slate in TN. The foundation plantings will be ripped out and new landscaping will go in. The back yard will get new raised gardens and a chicken coop, but I promised him, I will plant more wisely at this new house.

  2. Oh, I do love this post! You had me smiling, chuckling, laughing out loud. Have I ever said ‘whatever?’ Oh, yeah, more than a few times, in my mind, under my breath, straight out loud.
    I’ll have to check out the book. Thanks for the review and tour.
    (stopping by via Teach Me Tuesdays)

  3. I have some rebellious lettuce too, volunteering to shade the carrots…yeah. I mean to do that…
    The roses with the bamboo does look nice, I’ll have to try it myself.
    And hey – if you’re getting food from it, you’re doing better than you would without the garden!

  4. Whew! What a pleasure it was to read this post. My kitchen garden is only half garden and the rest is still waist high grass. I am comforted by your post. It DOES get better every year and one year it will be complete..maybe. 🙂

  5. Now THIS is the best way to garden!! Seriously, do we need to have it all trimmed and fancy looking? NO! The best garden is the garden that gives you joy. I call peas that you can pick and eat – joy. Lettuce you can trim – joy. If you can truly find joy in it – you have succeeded!

  6. I love this post!! I hear ya sister…:))) I just got my raised beds together and stuck 3 okra plants, a tomato plant, and 2 pepper plants and filled the rest out with marigolds and lantana (you can’t have empty beds). My husband just shook his head and laughed at me…..he said that was like having a tiny little sprinkle when you needed a flood……..oh well……it was all about making the garden look cute….that’s what’s most important….:))))))

  7. Love, love, love this post! With all the rain we’ve had this year my garden is just filled with weeds, and the carrots, I don’t know the seeds just never sprouted! My potatoes look like a plague hit them they are so covered with potato bugs! Thanks so much for sharing on the Home Acre Hop! Do come back and share this week too! – Nancy The Home Acre Hop

  8. This was fun to read! I call our garden The Experiment. What grows gets put in a Experiment to, finding new combinations and Eating what we Grow 🙂

  9. I was just out in my forelorn potato patch,came inside and because it was so depressing hoped in the internet. Thank you for this post. It will keep me chuckling in to the night.

    1. I’m glad my ineptness served this noble purpose! And I bet your potato patch is more rockin than you think…:)

  10. I love this! I had all these plans in the winter to start seeds – I have a lot of seeds – but being in my first trimester of pregnancy then…well nothing happened besides me laying about and complaining that it was too cold to move 🙂 I just got *most* of my garden planted, I’m sure there will be more things to put in as the days go on, but right now I am feeling good…until I have to get out there and weed…and then I probably will ignore it…nature takes care of itself and all 🙂

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one! Babies take precedence, that’s for sure. I once read an Italian proverb that said, “A baby in the house is the perfect example of minority rule”. 🙂

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