Despite that short corn year, and a husband who repeatedly pointed out the yard simply did not get enough sun (and resisted her pronouncements to cut down the offending trees), the dream simply would not die. This year (2010) things began to change. A fateful decision to remove a curbside tree that continually interfered with the power lines and began to buckle the sidewalk, led to a patch of ground that would get the requisite sunlight. The husband yielded, and feeling like the knight upon a horse, would certainly bring her the fulfilment of that long-awaited dream. However, we all know that husbands rarely do ride horses in such a manner, and even wielding a hammer and saw can be too demanding...so we found a contractor. One requirement that the knight, I mean husband insisted upon, was a box design that complemented the house. No trashy garden boxes for this estate!!
The end result was indeed a fertile expanse that yielded a veritable bounty, and being a wet year (again...this is Oregon, after all) the lettuce was truly impressive.
The box was 5 feet wide by 10 feet long, and was situated in the strip between the sidewalk and the curb...a space usually left for grass (typically dried out in the summertime) and a convenient restroom for neighborhood dogs. You will notice that the height of the box is sufficient that even the tallest canine could not..."hit" the top of the box. (We tested it with Frankie, who is taller than the average dog, and the best he could do was the second board) We also had a shorter bed along the sidewalk that contained decorative flowers.
A rundown of the 2010 harvest is as follows: 2 kinds of broccoli, onions, garlic, tomatos (green, this year, thanks to the rain), artichokes, basil, red lettuce, arugula, muscli mix lettuce, spinach and cucumbers.