The collards continue to be a staple
crop in my kitchen. For a while I had so many plants there was
always more to give away. Now I'm getting almost as many as I want
most of the time. The rest of the time I get by on soup greens
(kale, spinach, chard).
The weather forecast said "rain and
wind expected" so I decided the time had come to plant an arm off
the big walking stick collard. So far it's doing well.
The fava beans Dora and Danika
planted have come up. We have the plentiful rain to thank for
that. That dark moist land is about as dry as it's been lately.
We've been having a lot of minor rainstorms. The soil is so happy.
The fava beans are just one symptom.
That bucket has become my rain gage.
It said that day we'd gotten about an inch since the last time I'd
poured out the water. That's been happening a lot lately. Maybe
it's been a month since I've watered. One gentle rainstorm after
another, none far enough apart to dry the soil much. Not enough to
generate much runoff, but the soil is very workable now.
I planted a six pack each of two
different kinds of kale. Some of those plants are getting to the
point where they donate a leaf to the soup every now and then. I'm
liking them more and more.
See that thicket of onions behind
the kale? That turned out to be some shallots that I'd planted a
year ago and forgot to harvest. Each of the nodules had sprouted,
just the way garlic does. After I took these pictures I separated
them and planted a whole bed of shallots. The way they break up is
perfect for someone that likes a tactile gardening experience.
Looking forward to harvesting some of those when they die back
That sage is to the point where I
have to hack it back every now and then to keep it from taking
over. The thing is giving me too much organic matter to use
spicing my food. Now I'm looking for good string for tying sage
bundles to burn aromatically. I'm also looking for more ideas on
what to do with the stuff.
Those irises Joyce gave me are
puttering along. I never water them. She said "just let them get
by on what they can glean from what you give your other plants."
The rain is making them green again. I like that. Betcha there
will be attractive flower stalks in a month or two!
That onion patch looks good, but the
balls under the plants haven't developed much yet. I had one in my
soup the other day. It was good, but I have a strong feeling that
if I leave them for a month the rest will have a lot more onion
under the green part.
The arbor is stark right now. I'm
planning to replace the near corner post with a round wood one and
then plant another grape vine in front of it.
Those stumps are from the two most
amazing plants I've had so far. The bottom one was that grape vine
I gave up on. It was a struggle to dig up. The other stump is from
that collard plant that was like a forest of collards the second
year. I still have a few seed pods from that. if you want some let
The cabbage patch looks kind of bare
right now, but my hope is those plants will grow up to cover it
That HOPE was a garden ornament in
my Dad's yard the last part of his life. Now it's a stepping stone
in my plot.
That's the rest of those kale plants
I planted, along with some chard plants that just keep giving me
soup greens. Right now I'm getting a few ounces of leaves a day at
the most, but I know later there will be more.
So sad that golden chard that used
to be in the corner of my plot died. Grateful that it still works
as a hose guide.
That's most of the spinach plants I
got to take. They each give me a leaf or two every harvest cycle,
give or take.
This corner is the best view right
now. That frilly looking plant on the right is a weed. I just
enjoy watching it grow. Pretty and trouble free. Thrives on