The tour ended, and I breathed a sigh of relief. I was a magician! Through a slight of hand, well, actually by pointing out different plants along the walk in order to take the focus away from where I didn't want her to look, we completed the tour without my friend ever seeing my vegetable bed. Even though it is very hard to overlook, I had managed to steer her away from the most embarrassing part of my garden.
Would she have understood? Probably. But I believed that I could magically transform it into a beautiful showcase by the time she returned for another walk around my garden.
In contrast to my friend's tour, when my sister came to visit, she got to see the vegetable bed.
But when she saw it, she cried out, "Oh, my! I was going to tell you to put down landscaping fabric, but I see you did! Wow! How did all those weeds grow on the fabric like that?"
That was a good question. My error was in putting a layer of mulch on top of the weed barrier. The mulch composted down, and in doing so, seemingly every weed and grass seed germinated and grew in this fertile base. But it wasn't totally the fault of the mulch, either. Much of the grass speared its way through the weed barrier. Bermuda is not easy to kill.
When I read that Janet of Plantalicious was showing "warts and all" in Helen of The Patient Gardener's monthly meme, End of Month View, I realized that if I joined in to show my vegetable bed every month, this just might be the motivation I needed to get - and keep - it in shape. So, here it is. My wart:
|from north east corner looking south|
|from east corner looking west|
|from north west corner looking south|
My plan is to get all the weeds/grass/mulch out/off of the landscape fabric. Then put down another layer. (And no mulch this time!) I will try to keep up with any weeds that poke though. Even though the weeds are in the pathways, not where I plant vegetables, I still want to use organic methods here, so I'll probably try using vinegar.
Can I magically transform this area? And not let it get out of hand? Not sure, but that's the plan!
We'll see how much I've accomplished next month!