Fall 2016 Garden Project

I always have tons to do, but the big project for this fall will be to get my rear flower garden in shape. While it's not horrible to look at by any stretch, the Ageratum had completely taken over (operation Ageratum-annihilation already completed--it will be back next year, and every year after that, which will be fine as a filler once I have some structure in this garden), and nothing else was looking exactly intentional. Here's the short list:

1) Spread compost--the soil looks haggard (order county mulch also?); add rabbit/chipmunk repellent

2) Buy (or transplant) more beauty berry, grasses, Salvia (native plant sale coming up), that Vernonia I've always wanted--focus on pinks and purples and butterfly/hummingbird attraction. Need a few tall plants--maybe an evergreen native Ilex or Viburnum?

4) Rearrange until some visual coherence takes shape--tall in back (move Eupatorium; new neighbors means privacy needed--what is the ornamental (native) largest grass I can find?)

5) Transplant the things that are suffering (Peony in too much shade, phlox, Veronicastrum, bulbs?)

'Sup: Summer 2016

Time flies, and summer is when the least amount of work takes place in the garden. I plant and wait--for harvest, and for cool-enough weather to transplant.

Hot and dry bloom day

I can take the heat, but the mosquitos are an issue. I believe in risk assessment, but I can barely tolerate the type of bug spray that might be effective. I need an irrigation system. 



Hot Nights in the City: July 2016 update

I cleverly set up a trellis, but the borlottis are bush type beans. Not sure if I am getting great productivity.

Bounty!: garlic, tomatoes (though the plants look like they will expire after putting out this flush--early blight or Septoria), beets (I am a seed tape convert), shisito peppers, and shiso. Shiso kimchi coming soon. A lot of the herbs are not being taken advantage of, but Thai curries and Vietnamese noodles are on the agenda, plus rice salads with herbs.

Patience required: new celery shoots, okra, peppers, is that a Brussel sprout plant? My new asparagus bed is looking nice.

Is Tom Petty a gardener?

Because the waiting really is the hardest part. I wait in vain for the berries, because the birds will beat me to them. I usually have tomatoes by the fourth of July, but this year's cool weather means it may be another week--and I hope the tomatoes can outrun the funk (early blight or Septoria) already affecting the lower leaves. I am jinxing myself by being pleased nothing has eaten the borlotti beans, because the cowpeas are eaten as soon as I plant them. We'll soon have shisito peppers, the garlic will be dug any day now, and I have a few okra plants underway. It's all a matter of fighting the critters these days.