March 20th or so…
When I first moved into my house, my friend Carolyn’s mom, Sandy, gave me a couple of jasmine plants. I planted them in the front yard, along the retaining wall at the curb, with several more that I bought. It took a few years, but eventually they grew together and created a lovely hedge.
Over the years, it would bloom in the spring, and the scent would carry for a few houses in each direction — lovely. The downside was the Sycamore was growing in the middle of the hedge. It would drop it’s leaves on the jasmine: impossible to rake out, and it would drift down into the plants, creating a pretty big mess. I lived with it, assuming that the leaves were acting as compost once they worked their way down to the soil. Fast forward until last year when we took the Sycamore out. I am not sure why (maybe a worker stepped wrong or something), but two of the plants where the tree had been, died. It left a gaping hole in the hedge. Super cute.
Meanwhile, after converting the front yard to food production, I have 200 sq. ft. of jasmine that needs to be trimmed, watered, and is still a leaf catcher… all while not feeding me a single bite.
So. I’ve been looking longingly at this
hedge land. I like the season when it’s in bloom, but other than that… meh. But it is so close to the sidewalk, I don’t want to plant anything that will get picked clean by passers-by. I mean, I don’t mind a nibble now and then, but why invite problems?
The solution? Kind of outlandish, but here it is: Wheat. I’m going to grow wheat.
According to everything I’ve read, 200 sq. ft. should yield enough wheat for about 20 loaves of bread. Additionally, I’ve learned recently that wheatberries start to oxidize as soon as they are ground, so FRESH wheat (ground in my own in my Ninja), will yield a food that we don’t really know about anymore. Apparently bread made from fresh wheat tastes as different as home-grown vs. store-bought tomatoes. We’ll see about that. But in the meantime? I’m going to grow wheat. Yay!
But first? The jasmine has got to go.
I started by giving it the worst haircut imaginable. It looked ridiculous!
Since then, I have removed all the jasmine. In it, I found combs, markers, rocks, toys, bottles… all sorts of treasures.
Next? I need to sift the soil and try to get some percent of the rocks out… Holy smokes are there a lot of rocks!