Many of us have heard the axiom that one's spending rises to one's income level. I have long believed the same to be true with free time. I always manage to fill my spare no matter how much or little I have. (I'm blogging in my "free time" right now, aren't I?). Well, I'm here to tell you that gardening also rises with the size of your yard.
A couple years back, I found myself elbow to elbow between a pair of fruit trees in the back and a trim picket fence in the front. I squeezed summer squash in between the tomatoes and behind the lettuce. The stretching pumpkin vines were piled up on top of each other and off the path. A single blackberry bush was held prisoner along the fence but still spewed out staining berries by the dozens. We lopped off a branch of the orange tree to pry the hen house in.
Fast forward and I am in my dream home. Or dream yard at least. A large sunny swath just waiting to be planted. And plant I did. And plant and plant and plant.
And you know what? After the nine trees, six berry bushes, seven tomato plants, four pepper plants, mounds of pumpkins, peas, summer squash, lettuce, herbs and wildflowers, well, darn it? Where the heck am I going to put the sunflowers?!
I've overflown my raised beds, outgrown the planting areas, infiltrated the boy's "adventure" space, filled up a few vacant pots and am researching some sunnier spots in the front yard! (There aren't many!) So beware. Before you build a raised bed, buy some pots, invest some sweat equity in digging up the lawn or a planting bed, know that whatever you are doing is great, but it will not satisfy the greedy gardener!