In case it's not completely obvious from reading my blog, I am not a person to whom organization come naturally. Routine bores me to tears, and systems generally feel a lot like prisons to me.
In many ways I am grateful for these traits because they infuse my life with a sense of individuality and adventure. But, this tendency also leaves me vulnerable to chaos, and it's easy for me to become overwhelmed.
So this year I set out to try to find ways that I could incorporate systems and organization in a way that would serve me rather than the other way around. And as the seasons are changing and summer is coming to a close, I thought I'd write a series of posts to share with you a few of my successes.
First up: The Garden and Yard.
Now, in some ways it's sorta hard to describe my garden as a "success" this year. I've been so busy riding my bike, dealing with carpet beetles, and redesigning my websites, that the garden has really taken a back seat. I basically threw some plants in the ground inside my "hail house," set up my homemade drip irrigation system, gave it a bit of organic fertilizer once, and that's about it.
But you know what? Even though it looks like a complete mess, I never got the tomatoes tied up, there are weeds everywhere, and a few of the plants died, it's still producing a ton of food!
|Typical day's harvest - not including the Zucchini!|
I've had sauteed zucchini every single day for the past 3 months, I've got a pile of cucumbers waiting to be made into pickles, I've got more tomatoes than I can eat, and even about a half dozen bell peppers. Not bad for something that took very little effort.
Moving on to the front yard. I did actually manage to get a bit more of the "lawn" (a generous term given the weed patch that is my front yard) dug up and converted to xeriscape. I decided to take a page out of my garden book and set up some drip irrigation for the new section.
My plan was just to help the new plants get established but Holy Moly - look at the results. Can you guess which side got the drip irrigation and which didn't?
So... it will be easy to expand the drip system to the entire xeriscape next year, and since the weather is cooling off a bit, I may even try to add a few more plants this fall.
With any luck I'll have a front yard that's downright presentable without the need for daily attention!
So that's it for the garden. Stay tuned for further adventures in making my life easier.
So what do you do to help make your garden easier to manage?