Sunday, June 17, 2007

Community Garden Update

Last year, I chronicled our largely futile battle with switch grass in our community garden plot. Well, this year, we're trying a different approach. In an attempt to keep the grass to a minimum, we've buried 1" x 10" boards around the edge of the plot and covered it in landscape fabric.

The idea is that the boards will prevent new roots from running into our plot and the landscape fabric will starve off the grass already in the garden. We'll see how it works. I can see grass growing under the fabric already. However, it seems to be in less quantity than we dealt with last year.

So far, we have strawberries, yellow and red grape tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, lettuce and nasturtium growing. I still have to get our pumpkin plants in the ground later today.

While I was at the garden yesterday, a brief shower passed over and gave us a rainbow. I tried taking a picture of it but it didn't show up very well in the picture. However, while I missed the rainbow, I thought the photo was still pretty cool and worth posting.


Rob said...

Lookin' good. We've been Flickr'ing our progress:

Flatlander said...

Nice mounds. The folks in a neighboring plot sifted all of the roots out of their garden and built huge mounds also. It'll be interesting to see how their approach works in comparison to our landscape fabric approach. One big differenc so far is that their garden required a lot more work to prepare. Sifting through all that soil looked like back-breaking work.