|Popcorn, volunteer chicory, and volunteer parsnip flowers|
|Popcorn with orange cushaw winter squash, sugar beets in front|
|The last of the spring lettuce and strawberries|
|Winter lettuce flowering for seed & multiplier onions flowering too|
Volunteer marigolds behind them and flax behind that (closeup below)
|I wish I'd gotten a shot of the entire flax bed in bloom. They are |
making seed pods now. Heirloom volunteer marigolds in front.
|I had a good harvest of Pink Beauty radishes|
|I've just started harvesting cabbage and making cole slaw. I've had very|
little insect damage, just what you see here. I wish I'd planted more.
|My potatoes are plagued with blight. I harvest them as they die back, even in the|
mud. These are destined to become potato salad to accompany chevon burgers.
|Swiss chard (mostly for the goats) and volunteer 4 o'clocks front right.|
|Spring peas drying on the cattle panel trellis (lower left), with the first|
cucumber flower and more volunteer 4 o'clocks ( AKA Marvel of Peru)
|Also in the trellis bed, volunteer dill, on which the peas haven't minded growing|
Funny, how nice my garden looks through the eye of the camera. When I go out there, all I see are the pathways overrun with grass of various varieties and overgrown plantain. I see the wiregrass taking over and everything that needs to be weeded and mulched.
I mention volunteers in quite a few captions. As part of my work-smarter-not-harder companion bed planting, I tend to let all volunteers grow where they may. Sometimes I'm just curious to see how well they'll do with their new neighbors. Mostly, I find that volunteers are usually hardier than the seed I plant myself. Most importantly, I know that if the ground isn't growing something I want, then it will grow something I don't want! Those heirloom marigolds cover the entire walkway between two beds, and create a living mulch. Not much else is growing there with the added benefit (besides being pretty) that when planted in beds, those marigolds help deter nematodes.
I'm still hoping to get a few more things in the ground. And soon, it will be time to begin fall planting. Amazing how time flies, isn't it?
Ah Yes, The Garden © June 2013