Come along, and walk with me up to my community garden plot.
I'm coming undone up here. The wind is killing me.
Gopher or wilt...I'm not sure what did in my tomatoes.
You'd think I would know, having studied summer vegetables.
Compare my squash...
To this other person's squash:
I was making fun of this squash back in June! Oi vey.
I brought this Salvia clevelandii up here from a cutting I took in my garden. I think I'm going to take it back. But not tonight.
The Ribes I brought up looks fine too, tho' also wind-battered.
My most successful plant seems to be this alyssum I inherited. Sigh. At least I'm doing my part to attract beneficials.
And the bench collapsed. Well, that's the perfect metaphor for my first summer in the community garden.
This can all be fixed...
But not tonight.
Meanwhile, this dude's gonna open a freakin' salad bar.
I said I didn't think these eggplants would do well.
Peppers aren't going to get much better than this up here either.
Okay, I can see that I'm going to have to spend a day up here, and dig up all my soil, lay down gopher netting, put the soil back, build some firm trellis structures and wind sheltering. And start over. And stop making fun of my co-gardeners.
The space around the community garden is weed-choked public land. I eat all the blackberries because I like blackberries.
I'm walking home through the tall grass and I trip on something.
I excavate a bit, and it's Aloe plicatilis!
I showed you some of the guerilla gardened Agave and echeveria up here. You see Agave everywhere; it's a throwaway plant in California, like Agapanthus and Zantedeschia. But I'm surprised to find this rather desirable species from the Cape Province left to its own devices and lost in the tall grass! That's just wrong. And it's been here for at least a year--I can tell by the dead foliage.
So I cleaned it out a bit more, watered, and I took a cutting. It would be great to have a few of these planted around the garden.