Keep in mind that I purposefully did not photo the ugliest of the ugly vegetable garden in my back yard for fear of being judged by ‘real potager’ gardeners who have the means and time to design and maintain better gardens than mine. And judging by the recent rant from another garden blogger, that fear was not unfounded.
Well, this year, I am choosing to stand on the side of ugly vegetable gardens everywhere. These are the gardens that make do with the resources available to provide their families with food and enjoyment. This was the original purpose of my own garden. Growing up on a farm, I longed for the resources to can my own 72 quarts of tomatoes, dry my own 4 bushels of apples and put up enough to get by until next harvest. THAT was my only goal.
And while our neighbors were initially shocked at my husband plowing up almost half of our back yard—in a rectangle—they later envied our ability to grab a salad from the yard and pluck herbs as needed. (Check out the original post about the tilling of the yard and the Troy-Bilt tiller we borrowed.)
Below are the worst of the worst. These are the shots that I forgot about and yes, I plan to take more this year. Snobby gardeners are officially on notice. I plan to embarrass the hell out of you!
So, ugly? Sure. Lazy? No, not hardly. A lot of work went into this garden and we encountered obstacles almost every day. And if it weren’t for blight, or maybe if I’d planted ALL my tomatoes in ugly buckets, we would have had a larger yield.
So there you have it, and this year it’s only gonna get worse. Be forewarned!