There’s a lot to be said about the benefits of gardening – particularly vegetable gardening. I have, over the years, gone away from perennial flower gardening and evolved into vegetable growing. This is not easy to do in the woods, mind you. The front side of my current property is thickly shaded by woods and the spreading canopies of yard trees. The back of my property, while it faces west-southwest, doesn’t receive any sun at all until noon, because of the extreme slope. The house and the cliff shade the back yard 25-30 feet below until that moment when the sun crests over the ridge of the roof and shines straight down.
There are certain things I’ve had trouble growing back there. Sunflowers, for one. They lean way too far toward the west, and fall over when the flower heads get heavy in the rain. Pumpkins and squashes don’t like being dewy and wet all morning, and develop powdery mildew.
I do realize quite a lot of success with the things I plant up on my deck. Lord knows there certainly are enough pollinators up there. Today I picked my own lunch.