Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Disappearing Front Yard Garden

In October 2008, I spotted this raised bed, growing tomatoes and other vegetables, in front of what I like to describe as a "cottage" type house. I created blogs of this garden on January 16 and 31, 2009.

The snows of December 2008 and January 2009 buried the garden, but the winter cover crop was peeking out.

The cover crop was lush in late March 2009.

By mid May 2009 good-sized tomato plants had been installed at the back of the plot, under wire "cages".

Unfortunately, I did not observe this garden later in the summer of 2009, but this is what I found in February 2010:

The entire raised bed with its soil had been carted off! The red marks on the sidewalk and the IPR marker (RIP?) indicate that the cottage is being slated for demolition, the fate of many such cottages in this area of the city where the value of a lot is $1M. Do you think that the front yard of the new house will grow vegetables? Let's hope that all that fertile soil went to a good home.

1 comment:

Mark Kreider said...

My hope would be that the seller now has enough money to buy a nicer place in a more modest neighborhood with a bigger front yard and build more raised beds... and they lived happily ever after!