J.M.B. Greengardens, L.L.C .    
A green approach to the design & construction of edible & ornamental gardens
About gardens & the gardener       

About the gardener         
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     I have been gardening in some way, shape, or form since I was, as my father used to say, “Toe high to a grasshopper.” I recall that around the age of four or five I had the habit of sticking seeds in the ground all around my maternal grandparents' property, in any place where my grandmother did not yet have something growing. I had no notion at the time of what would do well where, but it was quite firm in my young mind that seeds go in the ground. That's what one does with them.

     When, in my late teens, I asked my grandmother when she had planted the peach trees on her property, her response was, “I believe you planted those peach trees.” As it turns out, some of those seeds I had tucked in years before were peach pits, and some of them sprouted and grew. When my grandmother would find one, usually in some oddball place, she would clear any weeds from around it and make sure it got water, and by and by it would begin to produce peaches. I learned an immense amount helping my grandmother in her wonderful gardens, the more remarkable for their being produced in the harsh climate of Northeastern New Mexico. 

     My grandmother was not by any means an organic gardener, although she swore by the virtues of compost, and many of the bug killers she used were plant derived, but when I started my first tiny vegetable patch, at the age of ten or so, the organic method was what made sense to me, and I have been using it ever since. My mother has mostly used that method and my father, when he decided to take up vegetable gardening, went for it intensely. We all made quite a study of it.

     And after many years, and many gardens in various places, I am still making a study of it.  That, to me, is one of the great joys of gardening - no matter how extensive one's experience and knowledge, it is not even remotely possible to know it all – there are always new things becoming available, old things to discover, and previously unimagined connections to make.

A word about gardens          Return to Table of Contents

     Gardens are living things. They grow and change. It is in the nature of plants to do so, and is likewise in the nature of the humans who build and inhabit gardens. What we want from our gardens is mutable and evolving. Feel free to change yours if you believe it would suit you better. I can give it everything from a sprucing up to a complete makeover.   

     A garden takes a little time to grow into itself - it can, and should be, attractive as soon as it is installed, but even a bed of vegetables or annual flowers takes a little while to start to fill out and look its best. As a general guide, perennials begin to come into their own in their second or third season. Vines and shrubs need a bit longer, and trees a bit more yet. Vegetable gardens can produce well in their first season, but tend to get better with time as weeds are controlled and soil amended. Fruit bearing trees, shrubs and vines usually require from two to five years to come into bearing, excepting figs and bramble fruits such as blackberries and raspberries which frequently bear a little the year after planting - less frequently, they may bear in their first season. Patience in these matters is most often rewarded.

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