Well, we finally got to it. Cleaned up the first major plot (it’s about 20’ long, 2-1/2’ wide) using the “weedless gardening method”. Corn, beans, and cucs (The Three Sisters) are in here. We are about a month late on the corn, so it will be interesting to see how it grows.
The high grassy area next to this one is actually 2 more plots and two more walkways. I still find it amazing how fast the weeds can come back. The posts to the east of that area mark where the raspberries are. We just started them a couple of years ago, but they are also filled with weeds. East of that is three more walkways with two rows of field fencing (for those that do not know – that is fence about 4 feet high made up of 4”x4” squares, non-electric) which once held dozens of heirloom tomato plants. We have the plants safe in the greenhouse, but they must come out soon – getting too big for their britches in there, sneaky buggers.
The potatoes that I started the weedless gardening method on are doing outstanding, even by the horseradish:
There are weeds around the plot, but only a small amount actually in the plot. The potatoes are about 10” high already- woohoo. Oh, and, yes, that is our horseradish at the top. It is getting ready to flower, which is a first for us. We have had it for several years now. IT decided where “it” was going to be planted (true story). We had it about 10 feet to the east of this spot originally. It began spreading to the west all on its own. Not as bad as the mint, mind you, but moving non-the-less. (Hee hee, maybe I should write a scary movie based on this? Lol). It finally settled here, so we created a plot just for it. Happily, it has not tried to run away to another spot since settling here.
Then we have these wild beauties:
We call them Widows Tears. The pinkish/purple stems explode open first, looking like they are done – but wait – a green pod forms on the ends of the stems and this beautiful blue flower with yellow center opens up. They do not last long, but the bees love them. There are not thousands of them, but they do manage to scatter about a lot.
This is one of the bee favs:
It’s catnip mint (also a fav for our barn kitties when I am not in the garden). Can you spot the bee? There were several bees at that corner of the plant (stands about 2 feet high), but they would not stop moving about – grrr, ha ha!
This amazing thing (amazing that it is alive) resides in the front yard:
A local hardware store was going to throw away some end-of-year stuff a couple of years back. We happened to be there and made an offer on several of the bushes. Most looked like they were dead, but we managed to salvage several. This wonder is one of the saved. Have no clue what it is, but it is about 4 feet high, and it gets these beautiful white/yellow flowers about the size of a quarter. They smell like oranges?! One of the others that we saved was the blue sea mist that all the butterflies loved last fall (here is the post: Where did they all come from?. If you want to see our little miracle bush.)
Well, here are my wishes for you all today:
- No more severe storms, pretty sure we are all fed up with them (time to do our naked dance around the fire pit in the middle of the night – eeek, oh no – no one wants to see that!)
- All the plants that you are putting in late like ours, will grow excellently (is that a word?)
- You get just enough rain and sunshine to stuff your pantries with your own food in the fall.
- And, most important, you have fun doing it all!
Well, I’m going back out now to try to tackle the other ½ of our 5 acres – me and my “Knight in Shining Armor” – riding John Deere mower – woo hoo! Nothing runs like a Deere, especially me!
Happy Green Thumbing!