Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Another found garden

I came back from my trip and ran out to look at the found garden because the neighbors were going to start clearing the land - it hadn't been touched. I was sort of disappointed, but also concerned if something had gone wrong.

It seems that the elderly couple across the street came over and said we could garden with them. They have all the tools and irrigation. We average 9" of rain here and free water that isn't all chlorinated and stripped is a wonderful thing.

Now, I have to remember that these folks have been gardening for years - raised a family on it and while they are not physically able to get out and do it anymore, it is still their garden, their tools, and their way. It will be far from organic. In my respect for the owners, I'll have to go with that. It is late in the season and we are blessed to have this opportunity.

The garden looks enormous to me - I don't know if it is larger than 1/4 acre or not. There is a strip about a 1/4 of the way in that is in raspberries. Mr. Neighbor and I tilled the whole thing yesterday with the largest tiller I've ever run. (Mrs. Neighbor is pregnant and being careful).

On the other found garden spot, we are going to clear the land with a tractor, and get a cover crop put in. The elderly couple's property is up for sale. It is zoned commercial and on the way to recreation lakes, so we are worried about a gas station going in.


Melissa said...

although I've heard, surprisingly enough, that gas stations aren't making much profit these days...so maybe you'll get lucky and avoid that!

Verde said...

I was thinking the very same thing! Besides they are asking a LOT for the property.

Gina said...

I have the same issue with the non-organic. My FIL (who does so much for us) is using a portion of our garden and he uses Miracle Gro and chemicals and i do not. Of ocurse, his tomatoes are flourishing and mine are still tiny. It doesn't help my argument much.

Good luck with the gardens!!