So much to catch up on!


Hello my friends and readers! It’s been simply ages since I posted, long enough you may have given up on me, I fear. The dog and many growing related things completely took my time and attention since I last updated you. I started a CSA farming business, and had many ups and down with that, which I will share in upcoming posts. I started a farming blog here, I built my own hoophouse, and dabbled in some tractor drawn equipment. Nowadays my interests are turning to include winter growing and hydroponics/aquaponics, so there are many topics and projects to share going forward. I hope you are up for a renewed journey together in the wonderful world of gardening!

Weekly Walk July 29 2009

Weekly Walk

pastel lilyMy corner of the Earth is so lush right now! It seems things are coming faster than I can photograph and/or eat them!

hosta 2


Big Yellow Perennial closeup
There are wild flowers as well as things I have planted.

LOTS of wild asters

lots of wild Asters


englemans ivy

This below is Engleman’s Ivy, and grows everywhere around here. I think it is spectacular! Its form is lovely during spring and summer and fall, in summer it gets clouds of blooms and then in fall turns a stunning red.


Black Raspberries are spreading, sown by the birds every year as they sit on fences.

purple flowers in grass

These grow all over in the grass, hugging the ground and avoiding the mower. I love to see a subtle carpet of them on the lawn.


Weird and Wonderful Wildflowers

Don't know what these are, but they are sure weird and wonderful!

wild flowers in creek

These fill the creek during summer, and don't always bloom. This year we are in luck, although they seem to be blooming at different times rather than en masse as before.











Plant Lady

Vegetable Garden Project Completed!

Phase 1, Projects

Well, we finally finished the raised bed portion of the new veggie garden, which we have been calling phase 1. What a big undertaking it has been – like most of my landscaping projects it was more work and money than I planned on, but I am glad we stuck with it! The next phase is to put grape vines and raspberries in the other half of the field, where it is still that unrepaired from the ploughing.

Here is phase 1 of the project from start to finish:

A lonely little paddock dreams of being a garden.

veggie garden dreams
The farmer ploughs the paddock.
Farmer ploughs the field

We spend countless hours repairing the soil surface in preparation for building the beds.
fixing the damage

We build and place each raised bed as we prepare a spot for it, and I plant my seeds in each as I get the soil prepared. building beds and prepping soil

We place landscape fabric and bark chips on all the paths between the beds. bark chips and fabric go in

I start eating lettuce, spinach, radishes (a surprise bonus plant from a “spicy salad mix” of greens), chives, chard and the spicy salad mix of strange and definitely spicy greens. I start eating

Some plants go to seed so that I can save the seeds as part of the Seed To Seed Challenge hosted by One Green Generation. some plants going to seed

Other plants are not identifiable yet – I don’t know if they are weeds or the seeds I planted! Next year I shall mulch any open spaces without seeds so that it is clear what is something that I have planted and what is something that grew by itself. I did notice that one common weed I could identify was covered in aphids while the veggies have none. I left lots of those weeds in the beds as free integrated pest management!

 I have not watered any of the beds and don’t intend to – I want to see what is tough enough to succeed without coddling so next year I make my life easier and only plant those types.

I noticed that some boxes in general grew better than others and I think this was due to the timing of the seed planting. The very earliest and the very latest beds don’t have much happening at all, which I think was from rotting before they could sprout in the earliest sowings, and from being beat out by the competing weeds before they could really get going in the latest sowings. I will be planting ALL my seeds on the optimum days for that next year based on this year’s research.

phase 1 completed 1

All in all, phase 1 is a success! Phase 2 begins soon….

Plant Lady