Anti-location: new garden space
Today, we added this spot to our city garden collection. With the very small garden lot we added in May, this means we have 10,455 square feet of new garden space. Both of these lots are in the same neighborhood, but not the one in which we live, so we will plant our long, slow crops that don't need much close attention, weeding, or watering. Our fruiting trees and shrubs, for instance. We'll do no leafy greens or root crops on these lots as we can assume high levels of lead. If anyone has even general knowledge of how a coke plant persistently affects the environs, I would appreciate hearing from you. There was a coke plant about five blocks away as recently as 1989. Coal coke, I mean.
This is our second lot on a dead end, which we do like. Not too much traffic, so perhaps a reduced risk of harm and theft. I also like that there are no sidewalks to trim, keep weeded, and shoveled of snow in winter. I appreciate sidewalks when I want to walk, but this street goes nowhere anyway. So yay for reduced tidy-up work.
Can't wait to see if there will be a summer breeze, as it is on a hill that I did not even know existed, at the juncture of the Mississippi and River Des Peres, for those who know this city.
We had a banner year for leaf collection, 120 bags. Also raked neighbors' yards and the alley behind our house. I've mulched the home garden, but have saved some leaves anticipating closing on this lot. Now I'm on the lookout for something to hold loose leaves in place over winter. Maybe some old fencing or netting of some kind. We cut down a spindly mulberry tree from the back edge of the lot and saved its branches to drop on top of leaves if nothing better turns up.
I don't mind telling you that we spent $5,500 for the lot. The lot bought in May was $1,500. For city land, very cheap. They say, "location, location, location," but my motto is "Anti-location, anti-location, anti-location!"