Tuesday, August 23, 2011
NO ROOM, NO PROBLEM
As I’ve noted in other blogs, my kids have inherited the gardening bug and have gardens in one form or another. While visiting my son Michael and his wife Elly at their Columbus, Ohio apartment, I was treated to their amazing mini garden in their teeny tiny 10’ by 1’ (yes, you read right) slice of dirt. Their back patio is almost entirely concrete, except for a very small amount of ground that holds their stockade fence. So, not only is it incredibly small but it is also shaded for a good part of the day. But that didn’t deter these two urbanites. With some good old fashioned manure and a bag or two of new soil, they made that impossible space into a garden that supports cherry tomatoes and some very, very tall sunflowers. Elly said that they have been enjoying their crop of tomatoes while their neighbors are amazed at the towering sunflowers. Herbs are planted in a window box and are used almost daily in their vegetarian dishes. It is delightful to peer out of the sliders at this very tiny, amazing garden. It makes it feel as though you really aren’t in the city, but in your own secret garden.