I'll take you to the garden where things grow by labor put into the native soil of this very alkaline land.
After the nearly 5 inches of rain we received in two days, the ground is very moist and springy. I like that. I was worried my seeds would all wash away, but I didn't need to. It all drains very well.
|the pea and snow pea bed...look closely and you can see all the seedlings|
|The radishes are up now.|
|I think this is the spinach. If not, it's lettuce.|
|If this isn't spinach, it's lettuce. :)|
|I have a very small strawberry bush with blossoms on it. Remember, this is one of 61 bushes planted.|
|A few of my garlic bulbs growing - I have a ton of it.|
|My potato plants are up now. I have early season as well as mid season growing.|
|Peas! A close up of one row.|
|One of several rows of corn|
I am pleased to see my fig tree, blueberry bushes, raspberry bushes, and all my fruit trees are growing well. I also see an abundance of wild strawberries in my garden beds, but because those are sprayed when pest control comes out I won't pick them for food. However, there are several other locations we can find them for eating.
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Our young birds are growing quickly. The chicks have begun to fly from the brooder so we have to keep it covered with cardboard and a window screen. I am thinking about putting them in the coop next weekend. They are still too small to have out running in the yard.
There are a few bushes and trees Guitar Hero cut back last month who have decided to grace us with their presence again. It's funny to see bushes and trees grow from where you think there is nothing.
All of our flower gardens are a mess. I don't know which are weeds and which are perennials. I figure if they look pretty, I'll leave them. Besides, Jewel has told me she wants to do the flower gardens. We'll see what she comes up with.
Some of the flowers growing in the gardens are quite beautiful. We have found tulips, asters, irises, and daffodils. We also have these lovely pink flowers growing like crazy near our basement door.
The grass, weeds, and wildflowers are growing abundantly as well. We all know how ticks tend to accompany all that extra growth during the warm days. So, we are trying to be very careful.
I bought some netting and stakes for trellises in the garden. We also got a few bags of organic garden soil to mix in with our native soil. I love looking out my dining room window and seeing bits of green growing in our brown garden bed.
I still need (or want) to plant the following in the garden:
replant my aloe vera
try some alfalfa for the animals
Update: Last night I worked at the dining room table and planted seeds in biodegradable pots. When I finally get the garden beds completely weeded and raked, then we will get the seedlings planted. I figured it was better for them to be growing somewhere than nowhere. The bold produce in the list are the foods I have yet to put in soil.