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Last year I embarked on a project so huge, so satisfying I couldn’t imagine not doing it again. It was a lot of work of course, as most worthwhile projects are, but it paid back in dividends.
What am I referring to? It could only be one thing.
Bird Theatre: The play I put on using only birds I found in my front yard as actors. If you’re a raccoon or cat I’m sure you’ve heard of it.
Of course trying to get sparrows and crows to get along let alone pretend they love each other in a feathered friends version of Romeo & Juliet wasn’t easy but getting them to wear the wigs was a nightmare.
That same year I also started a Front Yard Vegetable Garden. Growing vegetables is much easier than putting on a bird play.
The entire Front Yard Vegetable Garden for this year is now officially planted, with the last of the vegetables (the sweet potatoes) going in last week. I’ve moved things around a bit from last year and added a few new things.
Behold the Front Yard Vegetable Garden 2013.
I’ve tried to keep things relatively symmetrical when you look at the house with cauliflower flanking the brick path up to the porch, and a Dinosaur Kale at the end of each row. Because it’s so cold tolerant the Dinosaur Kale will add greenery right up until February! It’s like having an edible evergreen.
Last year my neighbour gifted me with a whole whack of garlic, all different and interesting varieties.
This is the crop of squash I won’t get a single squash from. Or I might. I’m going to experiment with this crop, trying a variety of ways to discourage vine borers and squash bugs. The first thing I’m going to do is cover the stems with either plastic pipe, or nylon to prevent the vine borers. Since I know this is my experimental crop I won’t be too disappointed when it dies a slow and painful death. In July, after the risk of vine borers and squash bugs has passed, I’ll plant a new crop of squash that should be ready to harvest in the fall.
I use this huge bamboo teepee to support my heirloom tomatoes which get big. BIG. I plant one tomato on each side and it seems to work out perfectly. As the tomatoes grow, I tie them to the bamboo support.
The first thing ready to pick in anyone’s garden is almost always the ubiquitous radish.
Again, I know this looks bare and like wasted space, but it will fill in. I hope. If not, I’ll throw some heads of lettuce from the grocery store on it to give the illusion of a productive and beautiful garden. I could go nuts I guess and plant ridiculous things there.
OMG. Like coconuts! Just lay out an entire row of coconuts and explain to anyone who asks that of course you can grow coconuts. Where have you been living? I bet you’ve never even attended a bird theatre. Luddite.
As you can see, the beets started indoors have already formed beets. They aren’t huge beets, but it won’t be long before they are. I predict by starting them indoors I’ll have beets to eat by July 1st. The second planting will get me beets later in the summer and the third planting I do in July will produce the beets I store for the winter.
These are the carrots I germinated with paper towels.
These are the carrots of hope. And they are not doing well. I still pray that one day I’ll come out and they’ll be bursting out of the ground, their leafy arms stretched over their heads proclaiming WE’RE HERE! WE WEREN’T DEAD! WE WERE JUST NAPPING!
I may have to give up on growing carrots this year and try to grow something a bit easier. Like a stegosaurus.
Back to the important stuff. The Art of Doing Stuff little bird Theatre is proud to announce that this years production will be a theatre in the round version of Cats. Open casting call tomorrow. Costume fittings to follow. This is a non paying gig, but all participants will receive a home grown coconut.