Dear Curiosity Journal,
Maintaining a clean boundary between cultivated and wild spaces goes against Nature, so we’ll always be making efforts to keep them separated in the gardening world. As far as Nature is concerned, there is no boundary between the perennial grasses on the outside of the greenhouses and the garden beds on the inside. These separations are of human design. I imagine Mother Nature saying something like, “That greenhouse wall captures energy and all, but it’s no match for the expansive force of wild spaces (or wind). Quack grass, especially, has no qualms about creeping under, over, around, and through obstacles to enlarge its territory. If you want to take on the nature of quack grass, you’ll need to dig deeper.” Today Rufus is digging up the grass roots that have infiltrated our edges. Once the ground thaws, he’ll dig a trench along the outer wall and attach a metal barrier to the baseboards which extends 2 feet beneath the surface. I’m curious if this will indeed serve as a true boundary, or if the wild will win once again. I’m hopeful, but my money is on the wild.