June 8, 2016

Gardens Make Good Neighbours

An 8 X 16 raised bed of infinite growing potential.

In my experience, gardens make good neighbours. I have met more of my neighbours, wherever I have lived, in the garden than anywhere else. All those gardens, and all those gardening neighbours, have left a positive and memorable impact on my life.

Now I can say the opposite is also true - neighbours make good gardens. It is the story of how we recently acquired an 8 X 16 raised bed garden next to our new home in Nova Scotia.

Earlier this spring I watched from my window as our neighbours, Ronnie and Peggy, built a raised bed garden next door. Recently when Peggy dropped by our home for a visit, we found out that the new garden was a birthday present for her sister.




Gardening with a view

Linda and I couldn't think of a better gift than a garden, and said so. That comment got the ball rolling, and confirmed for us once again that the bountiful universe works in mysterious ways. And sometimes it works quickly.

Within three days Ronnie and Peggy had an 8 X 16 raised bed finished right next to our house to match the one they built next door. Whoa! Is this a dream? It seems too good, but it is very true.

There it is. Yup - still there. Still. It's confirmed. We have a garden.

Right now we are growing infinite potential, but soon Ronnie will drive his tractor over with a few bucket loads of soil. And while we are a bit behind schedule for this growing season, it won't be long before we get this garden party started.

Gardens and neighbours, neighbours and gardens. The two go together so well. I can't wait to share our bounty with everyone.






12 comments:

  1. Congratulations!!! May you grow and enjoy to your hearts' content!

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    1. Thanks, Erin. We are very excited to see our new garden progressing.

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  2. What a great story Gregg, I'm happy for you both. Being in my garden is one of the top sources of joy in my life, and when I'm able to store a good crop (like onions, potatoes or pumpkin) I keep feeling the joy every time I go into the laundry and see it waiting to be eaten!

    Madeleine.x

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    1. A garden is a gift that keeps on giving. And with vegetables having gone up 12% in price over the last year, it is not only a beautiful gift, but a valuable one as well.

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  3. I'm so happy for you two! May you have many hours enjoyment growing your own food!

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    1. Thanks Terri. We are looking forward to reducing our dependence on Big Food and their produce from far, far away. So many of our veggies come from the west coast. Insanity - 6000 km away. That is a long distance to truck perishables, and often by the time they get here they are not looking all that good or nutritious.

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  4. What great neighbors! Hope you have a bountiful harvest!

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    1. We moved to the right spot. This is a happening little community with great people. We are very happy here.

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  5. That's such a lovely story. Can't wait to see what you grow.

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    1. The possibilities are endless. It is all we can think about now. Garden obsession here we come!

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  6. Elliot Coleman grows food all year round in his "four season garden" in very cold Maine. He's got several books out on the subject. There is also the "back to eden garden" using wood chips and compost and no digging or tilling each year. Vimeo has a long video on it. It's supposed to mimic the way nature does things in the woods; the ground is mulched in the fall (not the spring) when the leaves and undergrowth lose their leaves, rests and rejuvenates during the cold winter and then in the spring when it's wet and warm you just brush aside the mulch and plant something - returning the mulch right back. So excited to watch your garden adventure. Have not looked at any blogs for months - I took a vacation from the internet. I've looked forward to reading yours again. Cheers!

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    1. Deva,

      Thank you so much for coming back to Not Buying Anything. While we fully support internet vacations, we are glad that you have returned, and with some excellent references, too. I am going to the library to check out Elliot Coleman.

      I like the idea of no digging, no tilling. Also no weeding. Anything that mimics natural ways is my method of choice. Thanks again.

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