I have a friend who lives down in Aid, an hour south of Duke City. Much like myself, he has a fascination with growing things and regularly plants gardens. He also tends to move frequently, abandoning his gardens before they can provide him with much. Last weekend I got a chance to go visit him, just after his birthday. I thought a nice present might be a pot planted with a small tomato and herbs.
When I brought the idea up over lunch, he was enthused, but didn't show a particular interest in the pot. Instead he wanted his plants in the ground. We took a look at his place, evaluating it's potential, and at the selection of seeds and plants that the small city's stores could provide us and came up with a plan.
There was a deserted flower bed in front of his house which he wanted full of flowers. There was an empty side yard he thought should be full of produce. There were also some trellises affixed to the fence bordering his backyard that he thought needed adornment. The soil, of course, was little more than sand. Having one afternoon, no tools besides a folding shovel and a broom handle, and a small budget, this present had become quite a challenge. At the local Walmart we grabbed some seeds, a flat of marigolds, as many bags of soil amendments as I thought I could buy, and a seed starting kit for the vegetables that couldn't be planted yet.
The side yard had a small circle dug up and lettuce seed broadcast into it. I surrounded it with some stones so that my friend would know which part of the sand pit to water. The trellises along the back got some blue morning glory seeds planted beneath them. My last apartment had some Morning Glories climbing up the fence during the summer, which I though were very nice until I visited the Botanical Gardens and saw their bright blue variety. They were stunning and hope these do just as well for my friend.