View Full Version : The scatterbrained gardener

Tara S Nichols
June 13th, 2010, 10:26 AM
I really shouldn't be posting in the gardening section because I can't even grow rhubarb! It's true, around me, raspberry bushes (which normally take root and then take over) wither and die. Why? Because I don't pay them the attention they need. I have quack grass, brome grass, rabbits and deer and I'd need an army just to keep those invasive plant predators away. What do I do? I grow things in pots. Yup, I live on twenty acres and my gardening style is much like those who squeeze a garden on top of a sky scraper. Every time I stick a shovel into the ground and turn over a plot, I feel like I will be able to keep up with it, but in no time, I'm out numbered.
I have no idea how those pioneers ever did it.
Part of my plan to win this battle is to let most of my yard go wild. I have a lovely meadow of wild flowers, some natural trees for this area, such as hazelnut and hawthorn which bloom beautifully, and of course only attempt a very small vegetable garden in the first place. I've tried fencing off a plot, as well as a scare crow and whirilgigs but those animals are hungry!

Deanna Jewel
June 16th, 2010, 03:28 PM
Oh Tara! Sounds like you have yourself a very stubborn lot. Good luck with the potted garden; I do think those are a little easier to keep weeded and maybe that is what I need to do with my flower beds. I could then just put stone or bark in my landscaping and save my back on trying to keep up with the weeds. I will definitely give that some thought; it sounds like a winner!


Tara S Nichols
June 16th, 2010, 07:36 PM
Yes, that's true too. Raising the bed would make it higher and therefor less of a distance to bend over. Another point in favor of raised beds.