You know you are in New York City when you consider a little front yard garden a fabulous luxury: well I am and I do! There are the obvious pleasures, like sitting on the front stoop gossiping and sipping cocktails while the world passes by. After hardly seeing any of our neighbors all winter its fun to have everyone back out on the street, and JJ back on the corner of the block selling houseplants and watermelon and grapes as the season moves on. And I enjoy the time I put in to doing little bits of garden work, its fun to get my dirt under my nails and have sore muscles from squatting and lunging!
But even when I don’t have time for lingering lazily outside I manage to enjoy my little garden. Every morning I stop on my way out the house and check if there is anything new going on. I’ve tried to plant lots of different flowers so that something will always be flowering, and this year we started with some nice early crocuses and have had a little color ever since.
Since it seemed like the flowers were pretty much taking care of themselves and filling in the plot nicely, I turned my attention to edible landscape… The two terracotta pots on either side of the door are strawberry pots with a grand total of 18 wild strawberry plants between them. I’m hoping I did an ok job potting them on monday evening after work and that in a few months time I’ll be able to start harvesting tiny sweet berries. On the far right of the garden are two planters I made last year (to match the also homemade benches with their rough stonehenge look). There are organic chives and mint and cilantro and oregano and rosemary in those two. Its been a bit cold lately so I hope they didn’t mind too much – I can’t wait to have some herbs to harvest.