MsDebbieP issued The Gardening Challenge – 14
What is your gardening challenge? Is it limited space? Lack of sufficient sunlight? Neighbouring plants encroaching on your gardens? Arthritis in your hands? Shifting of gardening goals? Moving?
Is it limited space? Very much so. I really miss the larger lot I had at our former home. While my lot now is probably larger in size, its usable space is much diminished. I also miss the presence of flat land which is ideal for vegetable gardening. Our present lot is on a fairly steep incline so soil can run off. In fact it is so steep, that the horticulture society in Guelph really wanted to have a garden tour here, but were afraid of liability with the steepness of the land, and thus decided not to include the property. Because we back onto the river, we are also governed by the Grand River Conservation Authority as to what we can do with our land. This is quite limiting as well, as a goodly portion of our property must remain natural and undeveloped – thus limiting my usuable space.
Lack of sufficient sunlight? Interestingly enough, I have some parts of the property that are so sun drenched and hot that watering is a major concern. I need to water daily in some parts of the property. In other parts, the shade is so intense that little will grow there. The front of the property is pretty good lightwise, but we are restricted by covenant as to what we can do there. So, we work within the guidelines and do our best.
Neighbouring plants encroaching on your gardens? No problem here. If anything, my plants are encroaching on their property. They don’t seem to mind though.
Arthritis in your hands? Oh yes, indeed. As I mature, I am finding it much harder to dig, and the arthritis in my hips makes it much more challenging to climb up and down the hilly property. I did put in steps after slipping and falling so many times, but I still get winded with all the climbing. Carrying heavy loads up and down the stairs is becoming more of a problem as time passes.
Shifting of gardening goals? With my aging, I know that I have to change what I do here. I have already decided to cut back on the dahlias – so no more dahlia hedge around the fireplace. I put in quite a few clumps of Karl Foerster grass on either side, and also moved some of the flag iris to the back on either side of the fountain. We’ll see how it looks next year. At any rate, I definitely do have to make life simpler for myself here, and yet keep the property looking attractive and enjoyable.
-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown