A few of these abandoned wards ….. the old ‘domiciliary’ are being rebuilt to rent out as apartments. Naturally because they’ve been abandoned for decades virtually without any maintenance or upkeep they’re the home to countless varmints, predatory birds, bats, feral cats, coons, possum, skunk and the occasional groundhog.
Needless to say, this is the year someone in the lofty realms of management decided to allow the residents here a ‘community garden’, also.
Turns out, I’m the only resident with a passion for a garden. So, while they cut a 30×30 foot piece out of the yard outside my window in a fit of delusional optimism, I’m only farming about 300 square feet of it. Feeling every moment of my74-and-some-change years.
A guy came out with a tiller on a tractor and did his patriotic best. Cut slices of this red clay that was actually quarried and used to make the bricks you see on those buildings in the photo. Tiller guy got off his tractor and observed for those of us standing around watching in horror and awe, “Not really the best soil for a garden.”
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been doing with my time instead of blogging or going on FaceBook. Testing the ability of my heart to continue function when I’d have to feel better to die. But I planted okra, several varieties of peppers, garlic, onions, chives, cilantro, …… 90 linear feet of rows.
Bought lots of cow manure in bags, bought lots of earthworms down at the bait shop. Bought an anti-bird net to try to keep the robins off the earthworms. And so on.
It’s good, been good, and I figure although there’s a middling chance one thing or another will result in me not getting anything worth mentioning out of the garden this year, I’ll have all summer to build up the soil and maybe next year, when I’m 75 and wiser, I’ll be able to eat something I planted out there.
Meanwhile, I’ve got garlic, peppers, cilantro, and mustard greens in planters on the back porch. And I’ve got a Best Boy and a Roma tomato plant with plenty of blossoms. So I don’t need no stinking garden.
Have a happy Cinco de Mayo. That means FIFTH of Mayo in English.