The strawberries are a nod to our attempts to use more edible plants that double as landscaping elements. Strawberries will supposedly develop into a nice ground cover that provide fruit seasonally, so this represents a step in that direction. I've read berry production drops after a few years in the ground. It was suggested to plant the area a few plants each year in order to prolong your berry harvests.Keeping in mind what does well as cooler weather plants here and trying to match that with what we really like to eat I put in three varieties of broccoli plants, one mustard and two cabbage plants.I also picked up a couple of oregano plants and another lavender to keep the bees attracted and happy.
I bought some seed at the nursery as well, planted about half of those and traded a friend for some of his excess for other areas.We are trying Romeo Round baby carrots, French Breakfast radishes, Oregon Giant Snow Peas, two types of Leek, Chioggia beets, orange chard, Chantennay carrots and a bit of fennel.Between weeding, judicious thinning out of some reseeding salvias, trimming back overgrown privets, turning/preparing the soil, tricking out the potato plant and putting in seeds, that plus watering has been plenty to keep me busy.
Now, we need RAIN!! If any of you know a can't-fail way to produce rain (aside from sprinklers or hoses I mean)...you are officially invited to employ it. pronto. We need water for our gardens and I'd like my rain barrels FULL, if you please.
Not that is it all work by any means.I created a kinetic toy out of a discarded roofing material spiral I've hung off one corner of our back decking.At lunch outside Sunday my husband and I were watching this mockingbird use the hammock stand as a bug hunting vantage point. With the bird this close to the yard, the bugs didn't stand much a chance.
And finally, while sitting out reviewing what's been done and planning next steps, I finally caught a half decent shot of this red bellied woodpecker I've been admiring for months.He is shy so I can't get close without his flying off, and he moves around enough that trying to get a long shot is, well, a long shot. I think he is quite handsome.
And that is it for now. I will need to get some dinner organized which brings me to another blog I've been neglecting, Austin Agrodolce. The fun never ends...