Making Things Grow

I signed up for a plot in the Cavell Park Community Garden last fall. And now it’s warm and sunny out, and although I know full well this is Newfoundland and winter goes until May, I am still excited. I am planning. Lettuce and thyme and potatoes and carrot and kale and broccoli and zucchini. I also want to do beans and snap peas, but there are height restrictions at the community garden, for the sake of not shading everybody else’s crops.

So. I’ve also been thinking about the back step of the clay studio. For the last few years, I’ve used it as a tomato greenhouse–the heat bounces off the building and onto the plants, so they grow half-decently. The only problem is they’re tall, top-heavy things. And when you choose to put them in planters or bowls-that-are-too-crappy-to-sell, you spend an awful lot of time righting blown-over tomato vines. The solution, of course, is to make large, wide-bottomed containers. I do believe this year is the year to Get Around To It. I can have two or three for tomatoes, and a few for beans and snap peas. Maybe even some smaller ones for herbs or flowers…

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