Office Vegetable Garden

By: Julie Day
Photo #9:

Office vegetable garden, ready to try again, August 16th.

Photo #8:

Office vegetable garden, the end is near, August 10th.

Photo #7:

Office vegetable garden, summer heat takes its toll, July 29th.

Photo #6:

Office raised bed vegetable garden after wilt problems, June 30th.

Photo #5:

Office raised bed vegetable garden at its peak, May 17th.

Photo #4:

Office raised bed vegetable garden doubled in size, May 7th.

Photo #3:

Office raised bed vegetable garden up and growing, April 29th.

Photo #2:

Office raised bed vegetable garden planted, March 31st.

Photo #1:

Office raised bed vegetable garden ready for planting, March 22nd.

Office Vegetable Garden

Today’s Homeowner Office Vegetable Garden Slideshow

Something new sprouted this year at Today’s Homeowner – an office vegetable garden! This team project, headed by Danny’s wife, Sharon, brought the Mobile staff together for some old-fashioned collaboration with the promise of delicious food, which is always a good reason to get together in my book!

Raised bed office vegetable garden planted and growing
Raised bed office vegetable garden.

Thanks to all the know-how around the office, putting in the garden didn’t pose much of a challenge – a neat little 6’ x 10’ raised bed filled with a luxurious mix of rich topsoil, and a thoughtful selection of veggies soon sprang up outside the building. Heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash – my mouth waters just writing the words!

Full of promise, the garden commenced its first season. What a great way to bring people together! It’s the ultimate lesson in teamwork, and shared sweaty brows make friendships you just can’t forge in a staff meeting. With an “if you work, you eat” operating policy, the growing veggies promised a feast to tempt even the most reluctant gardeners to pitch in. The plants quickly took off in the rich soil, and you could watch them grow by the day.

Shared gardening – be it an office, family, or neighborhood – is a perfect way to encourage people to work together for the sake of health and happiness. It requires sharp minds, keen eyes, and strong hands – not necessarily all belonging to the same person!


Yellow squash plants and blooms.

Gardening teaches us that everyone has something to offer, as we work hard together for something tangible and good. Progress is gradual, but isn’t it exciting to watch the little space fill up with healthy plants?

This is a garden that was done right. Well planned, thoughtfully executed, and properly tended by a team of people used to paying attention to details. But unfortunately, gardening is also a lesson in patience as well as a learning experience.

Mother Nature delivered a rocky growing season, blasting the little garden with early heat, then dousing it with torrential spring rains that invited a host of problems that would test even the most experienced gardener.

Between the weather and a bout of bacterial wilt that decimated the tomato plants, the little office vegetable garden has suffered more than its share of hardship. The tomatoes had to be pulled out to control the wilt disease, and the other plants are hanging in there, but struggling to survive the harsh, Southern summer.


Tomatoes showed promise before wilt.

Such challenges are par for the course in Deep South gardens, and the little office veggie garden will be ready for another round once the temperatures ease off in the fall. On the Gulf Coast, cool-season vegetables can be grown well into (and in mild years, all the way through) the winter.

The challenges just add a healthy dose of problem-solving to the mix, requiring everyone to . . . I can’t resist saying it . . . think outside the box!

Further Information

Print


Comments

Please Leave a Comment

We want to hear from you! In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420. While we can't answer them all, we may use your question on our Today's Homeowner radio or TV show, or online at todayshomeowner.com.