However, I was chagrined to note when I rode through East Van on my bike that no one else had spread their 10 spindly seedlings bushes over 20 square meters. I thought they would fill up the dirt, that I was giving them room to breathe & realize their potential. But then I saw my neighbours' clever, compact raised raspberry bed.
Garden Envy struck. And worse, I had a side effect of Garden Resentment. Because I want to have an awesome edible garden. But also I have NO time. And it is so. much. work. And it requires expertise.
Anyhoo, I rearranged the raspberries to be a bit more like my neighbours'. Someone may give me a gorgeous wood trellis for my birthday? Or maybe I'll use some string to keep the brambles in check...
|Lez Reno Rasps. Ah. Much better. We are with our friends!|
Spent the rest of the day digging & weeding & planting. Just trying to keep the weeds at bay and maybe eke some food out of this urban lot. We in East Vancouver like our food gardents. I live in a neighbourhood where houses that are valued at $850-900K have ramshackle plastic greenhouses in the front yard. Across the street are 3 large free-ranging urban chickens (at least I think there are still 3. I did see a coyote recently). Vancouver aims to become the greenest city in the world by 2020 and citizens love our food security.
But I think I have discovered a major gap in our civic food planning - East Van Companion planting. Lez Renovate is based in a house that is 80+ years old. Our garden is a typical east van garden: chain link fence, roses galore, peonies... the only thing missing is a camelia and a fig tree.
|"McLean Drive" by Dana Ayotte|
So what do roses like? I hope roses like tomatoes & cukes & kale, because that's what they are getting!
And I hope blueberries like peonies because they are sharing space as intimate as any East Van cooperative house with 8 bicycles on the front porch.
|When the rain finally stops, irrigation is the next problem to untangle.|
Finally, I hope the elderly folks on my block with roses and front yard green houses like lezzes because LL & Cool J have lots of gardening, lawn mowing, and outdoor projects this summer and we'll be OUT in front. Lez grow, lezbo!