Okay. I am renting a house. It looks like the term of my renter-ship will be two years, from July 05 to July 07. So, this is my only full summer in the house. I am having a grand old time growing plants in containers, but I’d really, really like to get something growing in the bare, dusty, rocky beds around the house.
The problem is that the roof has an extremely deep overhang on all four sides–something like three feet. This stops the beds around the house from getting any rain at all, and very much limits the sunshine on two sides.
Well, one of the beds does get a little bit of residual moisture. Last summer I tried putting in phlox and hardy mums, but they both died. I also planted some hosta roots, and lo and behold, those have come up. The hostas are tiny and sickly, but I’m still thrilled to death. I also had some flower bulbs there, which came up, but didn’t flower. Just not enough light.
The bed on the other side of the house is one that gets plenty of sunshine, direct and unimpeded from sunrise till late afternoon. It’s also by far the dryest of the beds. I did some hosta roots and flower bulbs there too, and just nothing even came up. It was really depressing. Also, the pack of neighborhood cats started using it as a litter box, which irritated me a bit. If you’re gonna shit in my garden, you oughta at least let me scratch your ears afterwards, but are they friendly? Noooooooo.
Yesterday, I snapped. I unscrewed the sprayer head from my garden hose (because it was only getting in my way) and let water pour into that bed until it stood an inch deep. I did it again in the evening. I did it again just now. I am going to get that bed wet, goddammit it.
Question is: is there any chance of saving my flower bulbs and hosta roots? Will the water wake them up? Maybe the roots have shriveled, but surely the bulbs are just sleeping.
Also, is there any chance that the cat droppings are good fertilizer? And why the heck am I spending good money gardening an impossible house that isn’t even mine?