Last week was my garden plot's
annual review. Sueli came around and looked at my plot. Before
that happened I did a lot of cleaning up. I tore out the corn
stalks, bean vines, and spent tomato vines. Started organizing the
grape vine thinning.
The neighbor told me that I needed
to put something over the spinach to protect the plants while they
are getting established. I call this fabric covered support my
"cloud cover". The ground inside that tent does stay damp compared
to the rest of the place.
To the right of the cloud cover is
the row of Kale plants I planted a week or so earlier. They seem
to be doing okay.
I went to OSH and got a six pack of
cauliflower and a six pack of cabbage. Unfortunately I forgot
which plants were which. People tell me I'll have no trouble
figuring out which is which soon enough. In the mean time I keep
them all watered.
That's what's left of the two
wheelbarrows of composted horse manure I got from the pile by the
entrance last week. I've been putting offerings of the stuff
around all the plants I care about for a couple of days now. You
can see it in all of these pictures.
I feel like the new barrier I just
installed to keep out the bark in the pathways is like my Dutch
sea wall. I ran the line for it down the property line. In the
middle I reclaimed a strip most of a foot wide from the red bark
and wood chips of the path. It's so wide I'm thinking about
planting a row of carrots or onions or something like that between
the collards and the wall. Very pleased with the sharper look to
the place to.
I like those collard greens a lot.
My mouth waters when I realize there is enough there that I can
afford to harvest another serving from the plot. I've been
harvesting everything that could be construed to be shading or
shaded, depending on how I feel about that plant. Marci thinks I
should leave each plant at least five good sized leaves. Let them
catch as much of the sun as they can is her idea.
Pleased to see that the artichoke is
coming back from the dead! I'm hoping it's the first plant I get a
second harvest from. I'm watering and fertilizing the thing and
hoping for the best. Last year I got a few artichokes from it. I'm
hoping the fertilizer and water make it more prolific this year.
I just moved a couple of strawberry
plants to next to the artichoke. Put cabbage and cauliflower where
they used to be. I'm not liking the success I've had with
strawberries. Works out to a few earlier in the year, but not much
lately. Probably I'm not giving them whatever it is that they
need. I just don't know those plants!
I think of that explosion of green
in the far corner as "my jungle". It's a square meter of land or
something, mostly roses, oregano, and horseradish. I have lots of
other things I want to do before I tackle that mess. I like it the
way it is, but I'm probably going to chop back the oregano soon.
My harvest that evening was a
handful of collard greens. With the leaves left over form my
previous haul, they made a delicious supper.