trying to make sense of oak park's war on vegetables
giving the best gift
September 14, 2011
Sep 14, 2011 @ 16:18:19
Wow! It looks so sad, lonely and forlorn. Empty. Clean slate for the next person to ‘ violate’ city code with!
Sep 14, 2011 @ 16:30:42
And so the wheel continues to turn.
I’ve been reading your blog on and off since the first news story. I think Seattle will embrace you, and your family will embrace Seattle, but still, seeing this photo makes me a little melancholy for what Oak Park is losing.
Sep 14, 2011 @ 16:39:11
That sucks….. 😦
But I look forward to pictures of your NEW garden in Seattle!
Sep 14, 2011 @ 16:43:50
Oh, if you’re going to Seattle … yeah, they’ll love you & you’ll love it! I’m jealous! We’re trying to get back to God’s country … the Pacific Northwest! May you find blessings there! 🙂 Safe move!
Sep 14, 2011 @ 17:02:26
The fact that some people are relieved that the site has been restored to its “pre-garden” condition so typifies the Midwest…the desperate need for conformity. I left for Seattle 33 years ago and haven’t missed it.
Sep 14, 2011 @ 17:39:00
It’s getting real now. I look forward to seeing your new garden. You can have a garden most of the year there.
Sep 14, 2011 @ 17:58:11
Why does it look so sad with out the veggies?
Sep 14, 2011 @ 17:58:49
Sep 14, 2011 @ 18:13:21
OH, that’s bald and dreary-looking. Grass is ever so unscenic in comparison to the ever-changing eye-candy that a garden is/was/would be.
Seattle, here you come, leaving Oak Park to continue circling the drain…
Sep 14, 2011 @ 18:41:15
It does look very sad without the veggies:(
Sep 14, 2011 @ 19:06:30
It’s…it’s…so FLAT!! What a different a few boxes and some plants make!!!
I can’t wait to see the new garden(s) either!!!
Sep 14, 2011 @ 19:36:21
Oh, Julie….I have left gardens behind when I’ve moved cross-country, but never had to tear one out before I left. I hope the new owners will do something creative – you’ve left them a wonderful blank slate.
And, for you and yours, on to bigger and better things!
Sep 14, 2011 @ 21:21:32
Good luck with your move, and with the new garden.
Sep 14, 2011 @ 21:50:14
Sep 14, 2011 @ 21:51:06
I would be more bothered by the plastic swing in the front yard if you were my neighbor. (Sorry if it hurts your feelings- just brutal honesty) I loved your veggie garden! Sorry to see it gone.
Sep 14, 2011 @ 21:51:16
sadly, i think the new owners will put in a nice common lawn. on the bright side, you never know who in oak park will have a beautiful and lush garden next season… 🙂
Sep 14, 2011 @ 22:34:10
me too- and the swing doesn’t actually belong there- we just had to move it so we could smooth out the dirt 😉
Sep 15, 2011 @ 09:08:14
In 1983 I fled the big city of Los Angeles and rented a house in Grant’s Pass Oregon. A big corner of the back yard was a junk heap, a legacy of many previous renters. I used my 1966 Step Van to haul it all to the dump, exposing the (clay) dirt. http://www.fhu.com/aboutfhu.html had bought a failing wild animal park/zoo in Selma Oregon and advertised they were giving away many tons of “used” straw they had to clean out of where the animals were living. this stuff was “rich” in urine and feces and perfect for rehabilitating the clay soil in what was to be my garden in the newly cleared corner of the back yard of the rented house.
My wife was not happy to share the ride home with a step van full of very smelly lion poop. I think that’s when our marriage started to fail… in it’s first year (of 16 😉
I double-dug the soiled straw into the garden by hand (we were poor. it was, after all, southern Oregon). I planted a garden. The plants Loved! my dirt. But after a year and a half of struggling financially, we had to move back to LA where there was money to be made. Someone else got the harvest.
But I left the world a better place for having cleaned up the junk and fixing the soil. I have no doubt that my little corner of the rented back yard (I fixed about 15′ x 30′) is still very much happier for my efforts to fix the soil.
Remember, a garden is all about the soil. Plants live in it.
Divorced and now in Ohio
Sep 17, 2011 @ 22:51:31
Welcome to Seattle
Sep 17, 2011 @ 22:54:28
Welcome to Seattle – Your past is gone, the future is unknown, and the present is here and now! Looking forward to seeing new garden
Sep 19, 2011 @ 23:02:49
So sad. Enjoy Seattle. I love it up there!
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