Author: Beginning Gardening by Trial and Error

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How on earth would you feed a city of over 200,000 people when the land around you was a swampy lake? Seems like an impossible task, but the Aztec managed it by creating floating gardens known as chinampas, then they farmed them intensively.

These ingenious creations were built up from the lake bed by piling layers of mud, decaying vegetation and reeds. This was a great way of recycling waste from the capital city Tenochtitlan. Each garden was framed and held together by wooden poles bound by reeds and then anchored to the lake floor with finely pruned willow trees. The Aztecs also dredged mud from the base of the canals which both kept the waterways clear and rejuvenate the nutrient levels in the gardens.

A variety of crops were grown, most commonly maize or corn, beans, chillies, squash, tomatoes, edible greens such as quelite and amaranth. Colourful flowers were also grown, essential produce for religious festivals and ceremonies. Each plot was systematically planned, the effective use of seedbeds allowed continuous planting and harvesting of crops.

Between each garden was a canal which enabled canoe transport. Fish and birds populated the water and were an additional source of food. [x]


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This is literally so cool. Not only does it contribute to spacial efficiency, but the canals would easily keep pests, weeds, and possibly even diseases out of the respective plots. Companion planting and bio-intensive planting would be so much easier. Water-wise systems would be inherently present. Plus it looks so super neat aesthetically. I am just all about this.

Indigenous civilizations invented sustainable development way before there was a term for it.


Whatever else happens today, the garlic is in the ground for the year.


Hey Everyone, I Started a ContainerGardening Group on Pillowfort!

There’s an EdibleGardening group already (they don’t allow spaces in group names), but my edibles didn’t do so hot this year. Also, despite having raised beds I still love my back porch container garden. Come check it out, post your pics of what you’ve grown this year or what you’re still growing now, or just follow it for the pictures. 🙂


Lots more violas. Leaving more room for them to grow in this year after seeing their spread last year.

And That Red One.


Violas! From! Space!

Okay, maybe not, but I certainly caught the lens flare a few times. They were $¾ plants, so I’ve filled up a bunch of the empty planters with their tiny, adorable flowers. Hopefully they won’t get eaten immediately, and I can buy a few more each paycheck until they’re well established.

I did several groupings of three, and the bigger plant in the background of the first two pics is a Sweet Potato Vine.


I’m done waiting for things to establish, I’m posting it now. I returned some piece of junk that we never used to Lowe’s and got cash for it, and went immediately to the garden section. Found these big Coleus and refreshed a couple of planters, and got a *bunch* of violas (pics to come).


Playing in the Dirt is the Best


Fall “Clean Up”

Life continues on here and quite frankly summer got away from us. Between that and continued squirrel and bird damage, we have quite a bit to cut back, underplant, water more, and generally refresh. My idea of shrouding the raised beds in bird netting failed multiple times due to just *one* little hole for the squirrels to get into, which nixxed any chance of the late summer planting taking off.

I got one last big harvest out of the purchased tomato plants and took them down to nubs. Trimmed back the petunias everywhere and threw Johnny Jump Up seeds down pretty much wherever there was bare dirt. Seeds are cheap, we have lots of semi warm weather ahead of us, and those plants will survive the winter if they have half a chance to grow.

The mint is getting probably it’s second to last haircut before the colder weather, and I’ve thrown dozens of Dwarf Marigold seeds around in the larger pots. I’m about to go play with some snapdragon and chamomile seeds as well, some of them under the mesh cages we already have should make it.



Portuguese wildflowers 🌼 (at Lagos, Portugal)


Bird Attack: This pepper plant was pruned back a little violently by the wildlife anywhere it dared to poke out of it’s cage. The tomato plant four feet away remains unmolested.