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Nottinghill Edible Forest Garden
Nottinghill Edible Forest Garden
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Winston Salem, North Carolina, US
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Posted by Joshua Finch over 12 years ago

Doubts emerge over whether the garden will continue once I leave...

Unfortunately, the garden was allowed to die while I was gone for five weeks. Nothing was watered, many of the perennial berry bushes we planted are now gone and we have grass going to seed in the garden. We've done some work to clear out the grass (as it'll just choke everything). I made a couple small batches of comfrey tea and vermicompost tea and tried to save some of the tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers that are still producing. All of our tomatoes besides three plants were on their last legs. I've removed most of those (left the roots) to let in more light.

Last night we planted some of our fall vegetables and herbs: lettuce, spinach, clinantro. We even planted about 15 more sunflower seeds to see what will happen (how late is too late?).

If you go to my tumblr page you will see updated pictures of what the garden looked like when I returned along with some commentary on what is wrong with each picture. Basically, everything that should have been done wasn't and everything that should never have been done was. Instructions were left and ignored or otherwise turned upside down.

So it remains to be seen whether or not this will be a successful garden. Since I have to live at the house for at least another three months, I'll be growing something. But it won't bother me a bit if they turn it back into a standard American lawn.

What bothers me isn't a lawn or a garden- what bothers me is that I worked very hard for over six months to do this for my family and, after all their promises to take care of it, they let is go as soon as I left the country. That bothers me more than any garden, lawn, or whatever landscaping decision anyone wants to make.

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