About That Garden…


A brilliant little piece in the New York Times about a restaurant owner trying to put in a garden.  Check it out.


  1. Don’t get me started on the subject of Norway maples, which have absolutely no purpose on earth that I can discern! And yet, my husband will not let me remove one from my tiny yard that could be replaced by an apricot tree!

    Sun is the one requirement you cannot get around in a vegetable garden. Josh is right. He should rip up the parking lot instead.

  2. If I was the owner of the tree and I liked the tree (even if it is the dreaded Norway Maple) I would be reisitant to letting him cut it down, even if he did pay for it. Poor planning and ignorance on the restauranter’s part does not mean the neighbor should have to sacrifice. Looks like a zoning problem. What is a restaruant doing next to a residence, anyways?

  3. I’m 100% in favor of taking down the tree, but I want to know more about the site of the proposed garden. If I’m reading correclty, it’s between 2 buildings on the western side of the restaurant, I’m concerned it might not get enough sun even without the added challenge of the maple for growing tomatoes.

  4. High summer sun isn’t going to be shaded by a couple of one (or 1.5) story buildings set that far apart.

    If there are no other trees right outside the frame, there will be enough sun to grow greens and herbs and certain varieties of raspberries. (I have a black raspberry that thrives in the shade of a large silver maple.)

  5. That tree doesn’t look very offensive to me. I have a vegetable garden that is partly shaded in the summer and my tomato and pepper production may be slightly affected, but spring crops continue to produce longer. Most herbs prefer part shade. It also allows me to work in the garden more comfortably in the height of summer. I’m sure that within his garden space there are sites with more sun exposure for crops with that requirement.

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