A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Monday, May 29, 2006

The Weirdness Chronicles 2006, Chapter Four

Ignore the ragged grass and weeds for a moment and look closely at the gap between the primroses. It's been there for a decade. This is my first garden at this house. My original intention was to outline the edge of the bed with primroses but every single one that I have planted in that gap has died. I've tried plants from different sources to no avail. Primroses will grow quite well on either side of the gap but not in the gap.


At 5:05 PM, Anonymous Reading Dirt said...

Hmm... makes you wonder what's buried under there? Or if something toxic, like paint thinner or motor oil, got dumped in that spot. But to affect the soil for ten years?

At 6:48 PM, Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Does what you plant look... trampled? I'm trying to figure out if there's a creature-sized bend at the bottom of that sheet of chain-link! Or maybe you have a regular cat visitor who has a habitual path? I have one of those--every afternoon at 2pm I see him round my fence, walk behind the neighbor's shed, and jump up on the chain link fence two doors down.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger steven said...

Maybe there was a walnut tree there at some point? A walnut can poison the soil for years.

At 12:51 AM, Blogger OldRoses said...

KB, when I moved in, there were azaleas planted all along the fence in the backyard. I dug them all out (I HATE, HATE, HATE azaleas) but I don't think that they poison the soil, just the view!

Kim, you may be right. I never noticed it before but now that you have pointed it out, it DOES look like a path and I do have a neighborhood cat whose territory includes my yard.

Steven, this garden is under a large maple tree. More like the edge of it since it does get some sunlight unlike my shady garden directly under yet another maple which gets virtually no sunlight.

At 3:05 AM, Blogger crazygramma said...

I have a spot like that by the corner of the fence where I planted the sunflower last year. Only the weeds will grow there.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Jenn said...

We had a mystery spot at my grandparents house where nothing would grow, even the grass died.

Turns out there was a pinhole in the gas line right at that spot. Every once in a great while we'd get a whiff of gas, but it was so rare that we took forever to figure out the problem.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger Kasmira said...

My thought is also that this is some creature's regular path. Maybe the cat who is eating your catnip!


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