Most of what I do, is geared towards the long term. I’m not sure how this happens, perhaps it is what being a visionary is all about, but I can see things as they can be, not as they are and am able to fill in the blanks in the interim between now and manifesting my ideal version of reality.
This garden is no exception. I knew it would be tough the first year, and it has been, but moreso it has been a learning experience as it always is.
There is no shortcut here, unfortunately. In real life, you have to learn lessons the long and sometimes painful way. But do not be dismayed, you are more likely to remember the lesson at some point in the future for that very reason.
While I am in fact a little disappointed with the outcome of my garden thus far, I am also relieved that I haven’t totally come out with of this without anything to show for it. And the insight I’m gaining into my properties microclimate, will prove invaluable going forward.
I now know where to plant the sun loving vs. shade loving plants, as well as the acidic vs. alkaline favoring. I know how to design my irrigation once I have the resources for a project of that nature. I also know what to do next year to ensure a better outcome.
One of the things I will be doing is getting some herbs to establish this year so they will simply come back again and again. That is called compounding interest. They just need to be established in the first year and the rest is history. But I don’t necessarily get to reap the rewards right away.
The hops I planted to train up trellises I’ve yet to create covering the South facing side of my house in an attempt to divert the heat away from my stucco and thus radiating inside, and instead soaking it up in a mesh of leaves before it even hits my house.
Or so that is the theory and what I envision happening in my minds eye. I’ll let you know how it works out.
The front here looks significantly more robust than the portion closest to my homes entrance. It is because this part of the yard receives the most sun. Everything on the other side of that Apple tree, is a stunted miniature version of what it should be.
Below is a picture of Egyptian crawling onions my friends gave me. The small onion bulbs form on the top of the spear and once it reaches a certain weight, the stalk falls over and plants the bulbs nearby. How cool is that?
Some squash along the fence I was hoping would vine up it. I did plant peas and other squash all along the fence, but on a couple plants took. That is the nature of the beast!
Just gotta be grateful for what you can get.
Squash on the inside of the fence.
Pole beans I planted and melons which died unfortunately. The area beneath the pine trees is simply too dry and I can’t really extend my watering more than I already go out of my way to so they are just a couple other casualties of the never ending stream.
Leeks and onions below. To be honest, I’ve never had much success with onions, they seem to be off to a good start so far surprisingly.
My lone kale plant is looking stout. It doesn’t mind the acidity in the soil.
Better view of the walking onions.
One box is entirely empty. I will be filling these with leftover manure and the compost heap contents and might plant shade loving herbs closer to the interior where it doesn’t get enough sun.
Again the hops and asparagus bed on the south facing side of my house.
Big cherry tomato plant is doing well.
That is the chicken den. I received these hens from some friends who knew I wanted chickens and offered to raise them along with their 12 other chicks. I agreed and here they are, welcome company, kooky at minimum and entertaining at best. I have a couple months until they are of laying age. I look forward to it. As of yet, they are merely eating machines.
The black Krim and Sungold Cherry tomatoes I saved from seed in 2008 were planted in this cold frame. They have weird flowers and I’m not sure if they are pollinating correctly to be totally frank. It looks like once the petals close on some of these, they simply fall off. I’m also struggling with everything being stunted. The tomatoes are already forming, but are quite small and I don’t remember that being the case with tomatoes. I’m going to wait and see what happens, upon investigating further I found online that it could be they are not receiving enough water. So I would obviously change that.
Dill, tomatoes, carrots grown from my own saved seed and radishes whose roots are totally inedible. I am not sure why, but they are literally like chewing on wood as tough as they are. I am going to feed the greens to the chickens and maybe save the radishes by freezing them for my next broth.