Just an update on the container garden.
It was a very sad day last week when I had to rip everything out. (And I mean sad, I cried a little – hormones!) The previous week we were told by the apartment managers that the decks needed to be completely cleared off because they were power washing. Boy was I ever mad when I heard that! They really had no idea what they were asking me to do, but they also really didn’t care.
The day before the washing I pulled everything out that couldn’t be salvaged and harvested as much of the produce as I possible could – lots of green tomatoes, some green beans, the beets, all the swiss chard and a bunch of herbs.
The next day we got up early – of course it was raining – to move all of the dirt filled pots downstairs so that we could dump them out. We selected an area behind some bushes in a thicket to dump all the used soil. I think the dirt will compost there nicely over the winter and by spring I’ll be able to reuse some of it again. – We’ll see how much I choose to do next year, we don’t know what the coming months of being new parents will bring.
After breaking down all of my trellises and gathering up all of the bamboo support rods the deck was finally cleared off. I will say, it was a sight for sore eyes after a season of container gardening.
The power washing guys used laters and long hoses to get up to the deck, I was glad they didn’t have to come into the apartment at all, really, other than the hum of the washer for a few hours, we weren’t very disturbed by the event.
I still cannot believe the difference the power-washing made. It removed years of dirt and wear, it kind of looks like we have a new deck now.
I know I was really upset by having to tear everything out of my container garden, but I also knew that I was going to have to do that at some point before the baby came. I’m glad it is done now. I am also glad that I didn’t have to sweep or scrub the deck to remove the traces of the container garden. So I have to admit that even though I wasn’t emotionally ready for it, the apartment people really did us a big favor.
I still have a couple of plants that we were able to save. Mostly herbs, the kale, some new salad and the second round of peas (which may or may not be a flop). We still have yet to wash the pots and store them for the winter, but I think we’ll be getting around to that this weekend.
The happy side of Death Day was the Harvest Dinner we had that night! We invited the brother and his wife over for a little supper inspired by all that we salvaged from the garden.
The hubs happily obliged me in cooking shortribs and mashed potatoes, we had roasted vegetables and a salad that included the roasted beets from the garden.
So delicious! It was a really wonderful evening.