My endangered lawn
Apr. 29, 2011 8:53 am
Updated: May 5, 2011 10:00 pm
Ok, I look out the window into that vast expanse of back yard and all I see is that nasty lawn that I have to mow mow Mow MOOOOOOOOOOW all bloody summer long. I also see a dot or two of doggy squat, makes note, gotta pick that up. Oh goody another item
I'll have to watch out for when I spark up the Honda. I started out my lawnmowing life with a mid line gas powered mower from Macleods. It lasted a season or two then died a miserable death. I then went back to Macleods and bought their top line self propelled
gas powered mower which lasted a season or two, then died a miserable and expensive death. I was determined to keep it viable and spent a comparatively small fortune on maintaining the piece of dung. So with it's death I ventured into the land of the corded
electric mower, which while not very powerful, worked well enough until I ran over the damned cord. The sparks and mayhem from that scared the literal poo out of me so I went back to fossil fuels and made the smartest mowing decision of my life and I bought
My Honda mower is 15 years old. It lives outside all year round and in 15 years, the only thing I've had to do is change the oil and change the plug and I did that becasue I thought I should, not because it required it. Every year, I just pour out the old gas
and add some new, two tugs and poof, we're mowing. Mowing aside though, that's not the reason why my lawn is endangered.
I had my very first garden last year. In a space 30" X 96" I harvested 60 lbs of tomatoes, 20 pounds of cucumbers and a few other failed efforts. The lawn endangerment comes into play when I contemplate what I'm gonna do this year. At first, as is my custom,
I enjoyed my first gardening efforts so much last year that in considering this years effort, it was sell the damned place and buy an acreage, perhaps a farm. However, my common sense didn't entirely vacate my oddly shaped noggin and I'm setlling for another
chunk of the back yard, perhaps 60" X 120". Oh my, be still my beating heart.
I even bought canning goods last year and did up a pile of preserves. Regards those tomatoes, we JUST used up the last can of salsa and the tomato sauce dissappeared by Xmas. The peaches I'm just gonna give away this year, I still have better than half of what
I canned. So the only repeats from last year will be the tomatoes and cucumbers. Any suggestions? I did have a couple of bean plants last year. I hate green beans but once I had some that were fabulous and so wanted to grow my own. the problem was that when
I went to get bean seeds, there were 400 varieties to choose from. I could really use a suggestion of what kind of beans to grow, keeping in mind that I'm geographically challenged by being in the North Okanagan/Shuswap area. We have great soil, reasonable
sunshine and modest heat with a brief patch of intense and good rainfall.
Ok, so the lawn is in trouble. It's become redundant! I simply must have more fresh food and how, oh how will I get it? I'll tell ya, not just by growin it but by making the soil too! Yesterday I bought a composter so along with all of my glass, metal, plastic
and paper, I'll now be recycling all of the bits I don't save for broths and that huge coffee ground conundrum is at an end. I know, it will be a year before I get any useable compost out of it but hey, maybe I'll buy some fresh clams and blend them with some
fresh tomato juice and make myself a nice homemade Caesar while I sit out in my freshly Honda mowed back yard and watch my composter idle away and ponder NEXT years goodies from the ground. Life is good no?
Ok, beans, who can help me out here?