You may recall that this year I declared a break from intensive gardening methods. In fact, I called it the year of the Lazy Garden. After several years of lush gardens and projects, I wanted a garden that would more or less grow itself.
Inevitably, I knew going into it that my approach may mean a few more weeds, sparse germination, and less edibles. And, I was OK with that. I just needed a bit of a break. The funny thing is, I’m amazed by what has grown – in spite of myself. I thought I’d give you an update.
For those of you curious, yes, our kiwis are ripening! However, the vines themselves don’t seem to be looking very healthy! It appears that the plant didn’t put out any new branches this year. I’m thinking that’s not such a good sign.
Everyone says tomatoes can be tricky, and that you need to water them carefully, blah, blah, blah. To be honest, I don’t even remember the last time I watered my garden. Maybe two weeks ago? Guess what. My tomatoes are looking pretty awesome. I had a couple last night sliced on top some homemade pepperoni pizza. Delicious! I’ve got two varieties growing and I’d say they are currently the veggie that’s faring the best right now in my lazy garden.
My corn is ripening as well. Not as many plants germinated as I’d hoped and I’ve got a big nasty nightshade weed in there I need to yank.
Here’s another view of my tomato and cucumber plants. Again, I did nothing special (as you might be able to tell!). I never pruned the tomatoes and I barely watered these plants past establishing them in the late spring.
I got one measly miniature cantaloupe out of my container cantaloupe plant this year.
The thing that I seem to be growing the best this summer is dandelions. In my backyard, you can hear the air full of bees buzzing around these things. As much as I love pretty dandelions, my yard is starting to look sort of jungle-y, and I know a clean-up is inevitable.
Here’s a current view of my backyard. It’s sporting the yellow/brown shade typical of most of Western Washington lawns this season. I recently heard about a company with a GENIUS idea in California that will paint your yard green! Seriously – how amazing is this??? It’s apparently all non-toxic (so safe for kids/pets and will just grow out once the rain returns. Would you believe it – I found a product on Amazon that does the same thing so you can save on your water bill and just pay the $30. And voila!
Here’s how I’d imagine mine would look in an “after” photo:
- Sometimes, nature doesn’t need us. After all, no one waters a forest and berries, herbs, and trees grow there, right?
- It’s OK to take a break. Sometimes taking a break from something – even something we love – can give us renewed energy and perspective to approach it again.
- Watering less = saving money. Guess what? I saved money on my water bill this summer! Booyah!
- Less veggies at harvest = less veggies to preserve. I may not have gobs of beans to prep for the freezer or tomatoes to can, but that’s OK. If I really want to preserve some fresh produce later this summer, I could opt to support a local farm instead.
I’d love to know what your approach has been to gardening this year, and what you’re enjoying? Or did you decide to take a break this year too? Leave a comment below!
PS want more gardening posts – maybe some where I’m not actually lazy? Then, make sure to check out my Garden page. I’ve got TONS of posts!