28 Mar

Here’s the rain garden being installed

So far, our garden has not exactly gone as planned.  I mean, the seeds are started and Bolt has begun the massive double dig to start the veggie portion of the garden we want to start this year. We even got ourselves a really great rain garden, courtesy of the District of Columbia.

However, there has been one very large complication to our plan.  We call it the ECP because we are in the land of acronyms.  The ECP, or the enigmatic concrete pad, measures about six feet by 14 feet and spans the whole length of our proposed garden space. Why there is a concrete pad in the middle of the yard covered by a few inches of top soil, I can’t rightly say.  But, there it is.

Bolt and I debated what to do with it. Our first instinct was to rent a jack hammer and rid ourselves of the ECP entirely. However, we have so many projects right now: the pantry door, finishing the baby’s room, getting the garden dug, the yard cleaned up, the roof repainted, etc. All of this needs to happen before the baby comes in late May.  Of course, I’m really no help with many of these things, being more than seven months pregnant is not conducive to manual labor.

You can see the damnable thing there in the back

So, for the time being, we’re leaving the ECP right where it is.  The garden will just have to be planted around it.  Maybe we’ll put some chairs out there and make it our patio.  In order to deal with the space constraints we’re not going to be able to get the garden perennials in the ground that we had hoped – strawberries and asparagus, in particular.

So, back to focusing on the good stuff.  The rain garden, watered by our fancy new rain barrel, includes the following plants:

The Installed Rain Garden

The Installed Rain Garden


  • Tickseed, Coreopsis verticillata
  • Beebalm, Monarda didyma
  • Blue-Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium angustifolium
  • New York Aster, Symphyotrichum novi-belgii


  • Switch Grass, Panicum virgatum


  • Highbush Blueberry, Vaccinium corymbosum

The new garden makes me crazy to finally rip down all the chain link fence and finally put up a nice wood one. I must be patient…


Notice the Brandywines not growing…

We also got all our wonderful Southern Exposure seeds started (albeit slightly later than we had hoped).

So far we have seedling of the following:

  • Matt’s Wild Cherry Tomatoes
  • OTV Brandywine Tomatoes (which, surprisingly, have been really tough to get to germinate this year, notice in the picture)
  • San Marzano Tomatoes
  • Sweet Genovese Basil
  • Bouquet Dill
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Listada De Eggplant
  • Jupiter Bell Peppers
  • Lacinato Kale

4 Responses to “Complications”


  1. The Tyranny of Too Many Choices | Pandabolt Farms - April 2, 2013

    […] of the Casey Tree’s rebate program, but that is another story.  (BTW, how amazing is it that our city and local non-profits keep practically paying us to plant things in our […]

  2. The Dreaded Double Dig | Pandabolt Farms - April 9, 2013

    […] ECP update: Apparently the ECP has a little brother.  We’re calling this one the ECS, or the enigmatic concrete strip. This one, which runs through yet another one of our garden beds.  Sigh. Did I also mention that we have a strange crop circle forming in the front yard? Can’t wait to find out what’s underneath that one. […]

  3. What’s in our Dirt | Pandabolt Farms - April 16, 2013

    […] Minus the area that we were hoping to use which is actually a giant hunk of concrete (damn you ECP!), we’ve got about 177 square feet of garden space this year that will roughly break down like […]

  4. Coming Up Roses | Pandabolt Farms - May 15, 2013

    […] the vegetable garden, while we might have had some complications, we were mostly able to construct what we wanted with relative ease. However, we’re now […]

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