We are really proud of how our garden is taking shape this year. This has been keeping my hands busy and away from knitting and spinning as much, but hopefully it will reward us with lots of fresh produce, and enough to can and ferment.
A few years ago when Dan gave up his car and started taking the train to work, we started the conversion of his parking space into a raised bed garden. This year, our wonderful new neighbor Aaron brought us a truckload of wood chips so that we could spread them between the planters. In spite of the planters being placed on the old gravel parking pad, the weeds had found their way. Hopefully this will keep them at bay.
Vegetables in the back yard are:
- Japanese Eggplant
- Another squash I can’t remember
- Swiss chard
In the corner is the Compost bin
Surrounded by wonderful mint
And flowers at the back to make it pretty:
Lavender, this is where knitting comes in. Will be harvested to put in my yarn stash.
Sunflowers coming up also, these we try to leave for the birds, if the squirrels don’t get there first.
And on the side of the house we are trying 3 shitake mushroom logs, although someone has been nibbling at them…
And the back yard has more vegetables, more kale & swiss chard again (not sure what Dan was thinking):
Lots of beautiful lettuce at the moment, and tons of dill in the background next to the herb planter. I have let the dill take over space wherever they want, as the Monarchs love them in late summer. And in the mid summer I see Black Swallowtail butterflies. In fact, we saw a couple of them as caterpillars this week, unfortunately so did the cardinals. Momma dove down to snatch one up, while dad stayed high as the lookout. We witnessed this twice.
Kohlrabi and beets (love to roast both of them!)
This is one of our old Christmas trees, we will try to get the tomato to trellis up the branches. Have had moderate success with this in the past.
And cannot forget food for the Monarchs:
And some pretty hostas and ferns from what used to be our shade garden. This may change next year.
All this from our little urban plot of land!
Chickens next year hopefully. We have been chicken sitting, and it has convinced us that it is not all that hard.