Enough excuses, today I will give a tour of what I am up to. I am sending my assistant for a nap, so that I can walk around to take pictures.
|Aggie, my editorial assistant, critic, and lap warmer.|
Out the front door and a bit to the left are the irises, divisions from the irises in my mom's yard in MA. They really like the horse poop, I'm going to have to divide them this fall.
Heading south into the front yard veggie garden are the sunflowers that survived the chickens scratching. They have really come along in the past two weeks.
The stuff under the floating row cover is thriving.
|Russian red kale, broccoli, head cabbage, flowering mustard spinach and bitty eggplants.|
|Swiss chard and Lacinato kale|
|Head cabbage that gets progressively smaller down the line.|
The Sugar baby watermelon have just surfaced, August will come and they will be yummy. I planted just a couple last year and kicked myself for not planting more--they were fabulous.
Heading toward the back yard, I pass one of the Chicago Figs. They do not seem pleased with the severity of the winter, the tops seem to have died back and it is coming back from the roots.
Eating on the Wild Side by Jo Robinson
the tomatoes I have there, currant tomatoes, are the richest source for antioxidants of all of the tomatoes analyzed by research, so far. It's an interesting book, it goes through most of the varieties of apples on supermarket shelves and evaluates them nutritionally. If you are a golden delicious apple eater, she has bad news for you.
Crossing the back yard, I pass the medlar tree that was planted last summer. It has several blossoms, I can't wait to try the fruit, so I hope a couple make it through. It is supposed to taste like spiced applesauce.
The back veggie garden is doing well, despite the low light issues.
There are a few issues back there though.
|The vole invasion|
The fruit trees and plants are doing well. When the new plants came in earlier in the spring, I looked at the bundle of tree seedlings and thought: We spent all our X-mas gift card on a small bundle of sticks, but those sticks are now putting out leaves and growing. A few were slow starting and we feared the worst, but they were just waiting for a little warmth, like the figs.
|AU Roadside Cherry Plum|
The fruit trees that were on the property when we bought it are coming along, we'll see what kind of harvest we have this year.
|Pear, unknown variety|
|Plum, unknown variety, plagued by nasty diseases|
Finally, a little success story, this rhododendron was completely covered with honeysuckle when we moved in, we didn't know it was hiding under the mass. After three springs worth of yanking, this is how it is thanking us.
Time to get going, I have a friend coming over to make kimchi and brined grape leaves with me and I have just discovered that the garlic all has a funky blue mold growing on it.