the farm?


We have managed to buy a big lot: a giant triangle, sitting where two streets merge.  The previous owners were meticulous caretakers.  The lawn was always green and neatly trimmed.  The plants were always carefully pruned.  One of the previous owners was commonly referred to as “Mr. Lawn”.  You get the idea?

The front part of the triangle looks like a public park.  In fact, many people don’t know that it actually belongs to the house.  Teenagers rest on the grass on their way home from school.  Now, I don’t really mind the communal nature of this, I just don’t want to maintain the neighbourhood park.  I like my grubby yard space, with soccer balls and rowdy kids and a clumsy vegetable garden.

So… we have plans to claim the space.  And, ahem…. wreck it (sorry!).  We have designed a fence and have been on the look-out for free shrubs.  Preferably native ones. (Anyone have any?)

I have also starting digging up the garden to make room for food.  This year, we will plant a little food.  If all goes well, we’ll plant more next year.

Passersby make many many comments about the previous owners and how we have “big shoes to fill” with regard to maintenance.  Though I do feel a bit guilty about wrecking the place, I mostly just laugh and think about how surprised they’ll be to see the tomatoes and spinach where all of the ornamental shrubs used to be.  Except those will be hidden by the fence.  And I will be gardening in my PJs.


4 Responses to “the farm?”

  1. 1 Kate

    I think you are doing the right thing, unless you want to take up lawn bowling!

    I will send you photos for a simple fence idea using silver birch branches.

  2. 2 Mary

    I don’t have anything against scrubs, per say…. they’re just not very tasty. Love the idea of beets, carrots, lettuce, pumpkins and peas taking over your front yard!

  3. 3 HUBERT

    try taters!

    Ask Kristy, she studied this stuff and may have insights in the sociology of gardening. There must be fascinating dynamics.

  4. What a BEAUTIFUL yard! I look forward to seeing the end result. Not that, with maintenance, there is ever an end. Always more to get done!

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