Suburban gardening can be tough. Sometimes there are ridiculous neighborhood covenants to work around. Sometimes there isn’t enough land for the apple orchard or a row of corn. Sometimes there isn’t enough sun to grow anything anywhere on the property.
And other times, technology runs right down the middle of the sunny patch where you want to plant your blueberries.
Luckily, the technological impediment that I discovered two years ago was a buried television cable and not something that turned dangerous when I ran over it with a tiller!
If you plan to dig up a new portion of the yard to plant something this year, you might want to check with the Common Ground Alliance (in the U.S.) to request that the utility companies mark your water, power, phone, cable, and gas lines before you start digging. (Anyone know of similar services in other countries?)
It’s free, but it takes a few days so plan ahead. Call them at 811 or visit www.call811.com.
What have you dug up unexpectedly in your yard?
Any other safety tips for new gardeners?