The video posted with this blog entry chronicled a period spanning about eight days, finally wrapping up two weeks ago. It chronicles my battle with what I thought was a benign row of Nandina domestica, or as I prefer to say “dumbasstica”. I’ve removed and transplanted my share of these plants in the past, but I just don’t remember them ever being so stubborn to get out of the ground. This video will serve as a perpetual reminder to the contrary!
Now, fast forward to real time. The garden has progressed to the point that I’ve added the free compost from our local recycling center, built a physical barrier around the bed from free wood harvested from a demolished barn and cut down lots of bamboo to build the supports for my pole beans and a small critter fence around the perimeter.
All the seedlings are planted along with most of the seeds. Unfortunately, just as the garden was ready to plant, we’ve received over six inches of rain. It’s beat down the seedlings and turned the soil into soup. But so far, it’s really the only setback. But right now, I’m already at least a week behind so every day counts. I shared my discouragement with a friend and she reminded me that it was a great opportunity to remind others that gardening is full of surprises and we’re never really totally in control. The best we can do is manage our circumstances and play the hand we’re dealt the best way possible.
Wow, how right she was. This garden challenge is all about encouraging people that they can do it, even when the only thing they have to spend is time and even when things don’t always go as planned. I’m really excited about my garden and can’t wait to show you more videos soon to share the progress. Thanks for following along. The best is yet to come.