Having a garden on a lower level has its advantages though. Our garden has been the beneficiary of many plants that have set seed above. So far we’ve had surprise appearances made by culantro, chives, ceylon spinach and other herbs and vegetables.
My neighbours and I have exchanged many plants over the years. We used to have a stairway connecting our two gardens so we could just walk up and down the steps with our offerings. Now that the shared slope has been replaced by a wall, we rely on a rope and pail/bag. Over the years, we’ve passed and shared gourds, melons, luffa, beans, herbs, cuttings and the like.
A couple of years ago, I put a rooted grape vine into the pail. This was hoisted up and vine planted. Recently, my neighbour told us the exciting news that the vine was blooming! And just two weeks ago, she reported that there were a few bunches of grapes and invited me over to have a look.
It was delightful to see the grape vines doing so well in her garden. And the grapes? Ahhh, they were gorgeous and I can’t wait for the day when she puts a ripe bunch into her pail and lowers it down to us …