Great news, everybody! The Christ Church Garden is back!
Now that Christ Church has found a home, we have land galore to garden on. After being turned down on our request to fill in the entire parking lot with compost and make a 1/2 acre garden and orchard (it would have only required about 40-60 hours a week to work), we decided to start small. We looked around for a location in the sun, close to water and visible to the community and we were left with the front of the old house on San Marcos street.
Yep, that’s the one.
We had a group come out last week to pull up the grass and mix in compost. Compost is rotten poop, in case you’re keeping score at home.
That’s the outline of the planting beds next to a truckload of, uh, compost.
We left everything to mingle and relax for week. That’s really best when preparing new vegetable beds. And we had neglected to procure any plants (but a minor detail) , so we had no choice. Then, this week, we planted tomatoes. All tomatoes, nothing but tomatoes, and all little cherry tomatoes, to boot.
Here are the plants in the ground with the imitable Seth Henry working away. You can see Seth fiddling with the soaker hose, a major passion of his.
As we were planting, a new neighbor walked by and exclaimed “Tomatoes!” And we, caught up in his excitement, replied “YES!”
And then he seemed to consider the situation further and said somberly, “You shouldn’t plant those here, there’s a lot of homeless and hungry people around and they’ll take them all.”
To which we replied, “Yes! That is exactly the point!” (Yes, Seth and I speak in unison in this anecdote)
And he shook his head in obvious frustration at our ignorance and walked off before we could tell him why we want the homeless, the hungry, the hipsters to have free tomatoes as a gift from us. OK, maybe not the hipsters. We love them too, but they can grow their own tomatoes. We also were not able to go over the roman road or the bridge or any other tracts with him, he was just walking too fast. But hopefully, he’ll ponder later “why those two handsome and obviously intelligent young men would want to give away the tomatoes that they were working so very hard to grow” or some thought in a similar vein. Hopefully he’ll come back to ask. Or steal tomatoes.
So there we are. It is planted and growing. We are having a lovely rainy stretch to get them started in this week. And, based on the observations of our new friend, it seems the garden will be self harvesting. If any tomatoes are left, we can clean and package them and walk them to the MLF truck at 1st and San Marcos on Saturday mornings. Way easier than the old protocol.
Future plans include weeding, edging the beds, weeding, watering when it stops raining, weeding, fertilizing with fish / seaweed emulsion, weeding, putting up our garden sign, weeding, and designing a scarecrow to ward off hipsters. I kid, I kid. But really, do you think a middle aged guy in kahkis, a tucked in polo and clean shaven face will work?
So comment here or email me or Seth if you want to help out or be part of future garden work, or you like to weed, or for your turn as the scarecrow.