Monday, March 19, 2012

one thing leads to another

It starts with talking about gardening with a fellow teacher. I start trading plants and seeds, thinking “wow, this is fun.” I even casually said that I would help populate the school garden. Wait a minute, what school garden? We don’t have a school garden. Ah, the school garden I just volunteered to help start.
The space is approximately 25 feet by 75 feet. The picture shows the space at 2:30PM. The ground is a classic neglected urban sort of green space. It also has a missing man hole cover in the middle of it. The ground is a mixture of moss, weeds and bric-a-brac. We’ll need to rake this area out without destroying the moss. Did I mention, we have no budget. We are going to wing it. Luckly, the teacher who caught me in a time of weakness and took advantage and I both garden in the shade. I’m thinking that between the two of us, we can populate the space with extras from our yards. Ligularia, ferns, hosta, lilies of the valley, two kinds of vinca, chameleon plants, day lilies, and who knows what else can fill this space up. And how could I forget that spawn of the devil, pachysandra. Hey! it's a hardy groundcover. Any ideas are welcome.


Sunray Gardens said...

Don't forget to do some Hosta in there. Looks like a good space for them. You sure have your work cut out for you. No budget means checking for free mulch from the city.
Cher Sunray Gardens

The Idiot said...

Good luck with that. No budget? That's the "community project" theme!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Way to go Jim. This forgotten space will look lovely when you and the fellow teacher get through with it. Take pictures as the garden progresses.

Have fun and happy spring gardening.


Lona said...

How sweet of you to volunteer Jim. LOL! I know you can get it looking wonderful with some of your shade garden plants. Lilies will be great there too. Of course you have to give us updates on how it progresses.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, the things we get into when spring fever gets hold of us! I would think the hard part of this job will be preparing the ground to receive the plants. Maybe you could get a Sweet Peat donation. It would be great if you could get the kids involved with the project -- maybe a little heart-healthy anti-obesity digging? Really, this is such a great outlet for those plant divisions. I hope you're going to keep us updated. -Jean