#14 A Mosaic
It may be a very simple mosaic, but it is a very special one. It sits on the ground under the grape arbour of the community garden at the United Church across the street from my home. It was created by young children who participate in a group called "Little Sprouts" which teaches them about plants and gardening. I love the mosaic's simple design and it adds a lovely decorative touch to the garden!
This year I decided that I would like to join in on the fun that goes on over at the community garden and I requested a plot. I've met some really nice people in the process and I'm enjoying watching my little garden take shape. I planted beans, cherry tomatoes, green peppers, beets, carrots and lettuce.
|Some of the raised beds at the community garden.|
|My gardening plot - 3 x 8 feet.|
We've had lots of rain in the past month which was nice because we didn't have to worry too much about watering, although we could have used a bit more sunshine to help the growing process. Things are picking up though and we've already been eating salads the past week made with lettuce fresh from my garden. It's very convenient to live right across the street so I can just run over whenever I need something from the garden!
The only problem I've encountered so far is an ant infestation at the end of my plot. In the process of going about their daily routines, the ants have destroyed one of my tomato plants and nothing that I've seeded in that general area will germinate. I've been looking for a natural solution to the problem but nothing has worked so far. I've tried a concoction of homemade rhubarb water but that had no effect at all. I tried leaving them little piles of cereal (the kind that needs to be cooked in boiling water) because I read that when they eat it, it will expand in their stomachs and kill them. Apparently cereal is not high on the list of an ant's favourite food because they are leaving it untouched. My next attempt will be to sprinkle cinnamon which is supposed to drive them away. I have my doubts but I'm willing to give it a shot. If it doesn't work I guess the ants and I will just have to learn to live with each other - and as long as they stay in their one little corner I'm okay with that.