Making Do

Containers. Small spaces. Raised beds.

Apartment and condo dwellers itching to exercise thumbs of the greener shade need to be inventive. Consider the nice large shade trees. Nature’s air conditioning. I’m confident the thick oak west of my large windows lowers my cooling bill.

On the other hand, they limit flowers to those that tolerate shade. I’m lucky. As a first floor resident I have a patio, one that is not completely cemented over. It’s taken a dozen years, uncounted bags of topsoil, a pair of small peat bales, and a dash of compost to create a thriving population of earthworms. Evidently they don’t like tunneling in the native clay and rock any more than I enjoy digging in it.

A neighbor works with what they have. With patience and care they tend the flowerboxes and gift the neighborhood with one of the most colorful balconies.

Second Story Garden

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s