Live and Learn

Published on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:12pm

This past spring, I asked my husband to move our garden. Yes, move our garden. In other words, I lovingly requested that he help me dig a new garden in another location and re-seed our old garden. Before you start to think I’m a crazy woman, I want to ensure you there was good reason behind it. 


Let me explain: We dug our original garden when we were newly married and just 23 years old. We placed it in our front lawn—the very first thing everyone sees when they pull into our drive. And it was right smack dab on top of our well. A water hydrant right in the middle of our garden? “Perfect!” we thought. 

Being young and inexperienced, we had high hopes that our garden would always look like the photos we saw in magazines: Beautiful, well-maintained, and weed-free. But the reality was usually by July, our garden looked far from our ideals.

So, yes, there was a part of me that wanted to relocate our garden to a more “discrete” location, i.e., a spot where not everyone who drives by would notice that I’m a poor weed-puller. 

But, the deal-breaker came when I wrote a story for AcreageLife called “How to Protect Your Water Supply.” The well expert I interviewed gave some practical advice on how to maintain clean drinking water and two of his tips hit home—too close to home. 


1 Don’t landscape around your well casing. And I quote, “Having the well on high ground, without landscaping, allows the well to maintain drainage and prevent water from pooling around the well.” Hmm… we have plants growing on all sides of our well casing five months out of the year.

2 Avoid contamination sources. The article said, “The farther away possible contaminants, the less likely your well will become contaminated.” We routinely cover the garden with cow manure fertilizer. 


Jordan and I tried not to hear the advice for awhile, but after we weighed the pros and cons (and potential hazards of leaving the garden as is), we decided to bite the bullet and move the garden. He scouted out a new spot on our property and we started from scratch once again. 

The new location has plenty of sun and is far away from the well—but still near a hydrant. And best of all, it’s hidden from the peering eyes of everyone who drives by. The move was a lot of work—especially for Jordan—and we are hoping it was worth all the trouble. If nothing else, with this virgin ground, we should be in for a bumper crop of tomatoes.