Saturday, March 01, 2008

Old Garden

Old Garden

This is my entry this week's Two Things Challenge for "Old / New." Not a great, or even good, piece of photography. However, I wanted to document how my neglected vegetable garden plot looked in its "old" (aka "before") state and there wasn't much I could do to make it look good.

(Yes, those are weeds, and some are as tall as me.)

This is what I'll be doing each afternoon for the next couple of weeks: Clearing out those weeds, recovering lost gloves, spades, and perhaps even my old wheelbarrow. Building new raised beds. Laying down hay, re-routing soaker hoses, and heaping on mulch. And I'll be dreaming.

I'll be dreaming of the sound of tapping new seed packets. Dreaming of new little lime green sprouts in April. Dreaming of the humid smell after a watering in June's hot summer days. Dreaming of tomatoes outgrowing their cages, zucchini outgrowing its beds, and the risk of losing gloves and spades in August's fecundity.

Hard to imagine that now. But that's the beauty of a garden, even an old neglected garden. The dream is always new.


Frances said...

Sounds great
I've just come in from planting a couple of rows of broad beans and a load of primulas and crocuses which we got in a local sale, still beautiful and will come back the same next year as if we had planted them last autumn and they had survived the slugs!
Gardens are wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Maybe even as tall as me.

Sweet Irene said...

You've got your work cut out for you, girl. That's no easy job you're undertaking. You are a woman of vision and courage. I can't wait to see the pictures of the results.

Don't become discouraged if it doesn't quite work out.

Lisa Sarsfield said...

Blogger ate my comment.
You wern't joking when you said you may find a wheel barrow in there...just teasing!
I am sure there is a bounty of photo op's waiting!

John said...

Poached and posted. i like its realness - you presented the setting well and with dignity.

Bobbie said...

Dream on, dear Debi. Soon you will have so much zuchinni you will have to sneak around your neighborhood at night and abandon some bags of zuchinni on their doorsteps :)

Bev said...

Frances, primulas do survive the winter. We have some in the front garden which we orginally had in tubs on the front, but then I planted them out in the garden, given some protection by the bracken, and they come back every year. Cheery flowers,harbingers of spring, though some of the colours you can get are a little garish. I think they are the cultivated version of the primose. The nicest soft yellow primoses I ever saw were in early May on a cliff at Scarborough (where we were foolishly trying to camp). I remember the tent went entirely flat with the wind in the night.

Kris Cahill said...

Wow! I hope you post photos as it's all happening. I am drooling just thinking about it. I was an avid gardener for years, even starting tomatoes from seeds indoors in a Chicago winter, then transplanting my "babies" out into the big bad world as soon as the earth was warm enough. I wish I lived closer, I'd come over to help, just to get my hands full of garden dirt once again!

D.C. Confidential said...

Debi: As always, you beautifully photograph and breathe new life into what others would look at as un-photo-worthy and pass by. I can imagine that in the spring and summer this is a gorgeous ensemble of colors. Even in the winter, this is lovely and full of hope and potential!

P.S. I vote for tomatoes! Love me some tomatoes.

Dusty Lens said...

Old garden, but the planniung is new for the new spring season. Out pots of rosemary and thyme are looking forlorn, but hanging on. the basil is long gone. IAnd I do hope the container rose I burried befor ethe frost survives. All will be set out in mid May. Always happy to think of springtime work.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Debi,

This is a great entry!! My garden is a mess too ... but still under snow ... good luck!

~ Diane Clancy