Saturday, July 18, 2009

Oh Yeah

Well, life has been busy in the garden of late, so I have been out rather than in, and my blog is behind. Lots of projects to talk about this week.

Currently blooming perennials:
  • 5 types of roses
  • 3 types of bell flowers
  • 3 types of pinks
  • Peonies
  • Astilbe
  • Phlox
  • 2 types of poppies
  • Lilies (too many types to count will bloom in the next several weeks)
  • Lots of types of succulents
James gave us some poppies and an olla (pronounced Oh Yeah). I first read about ollas in a blog I follow on urban farming. I have situated it in the back yard among my cauliflowers and broccoli. It is a very old technology for watering water loving plants in dry areas. Mine is made with a clay pot and lid. It is late in the year to be putting it in, but I'll see how it does. I'll post a picture of the root growth around it if it happens.

I also read about comfrey. I found it in my garden 5 years ago and didn't know what it was. I liked the look of it, so I kept it. I read about it in an organic gardening book and it is sometimes called the compost plant. I'll experiment with it this year and try making some compost extract for my plants. It is so potent that I am supposed to use it at a rate of 15 parts water to one part decayed comfrey. I am going to cut some leaves and put them around my potatoes in one section to see if it makes a difference.

Mike, Leora, Anwyn and I build a path around the south side of the house yesterday, Jaime helped us lay the stones and we bought pea gravel to fill in around them. Erin and Colin lent us their truck to get the gravel. Although the pictures imply that the girls did all the labor, it was mostly supplied by Mike. Mike also made me some stepping stones by pouring concrete on rhubarb leaves. The result is beautiful, but may not be strong enough as we skipped the mesh. the south side square foot gardens are really flourishing and the path really helps with access.
Things in the garden are growing in leaps and bound. I've taken some pictures of veggies and the girls together so the scale is clear.
We are currently eating:
  • zucchini
  • lettuce
  • peas
  • cherries
  • rhubarb
  • strawberries (everberring)
  • kohlrabi
  • baby onions
  • beet greens
  • spinach
We did a massive basil harvest this week and Mike made his pizza and homemade pesto. I know Anna and Ian would love the pesto, but Anna is still away. Maybe Ian will come over... I have dried about thirty dill stalks, which will add up to about 2 cups of dried dill weed. We've been cooking a lot with dill.


  1. Thanks for the update :) The new path is beautiful! When Ian came home his first task was to send me pictures of my garden because I've missed it so much. I'm coming home on Tuesday and I'm excited to see all the changes for myself.

  2. I'd like to see how things are going too!