Things here in the Edible Garden still seem very new and experimental, and certainly a challenge to my existing experience in growing food - its been easy to fall into limiting mindset of 'things should/could be so much better'" So, today I did a bit of a survey to look at what IS doing well in the garden.
* Salad leaves, peppers, peas, aubergines, chard, kale and almonds and radish are all currently being harvested.
* Broadbean plants are flowering, potato plants are starting to emerge through the soil, Leeks (above) have just been planed out, nasturtium and borage are growing slowly and well.
* The beds in one area are now nearly ready to add organic matter and then use
* The newly planted orange trees are thriving well!
* Holly planted an avocado tree as part of the design to make the maximum use of all our gray water. She also planted out some beautiful strawberry plants
* Our lovely builder/farmer friends have pruned some trees and are returning next month to show us how to graft peach and plum trees to healthy almond root stock.
* We've made a big difference to how things look and feel spiritually, by tidying up pathways and and cutting back some vegetation
* We've created a lovely sitting area in the main garden, in order to spend time other than work time in it, and appreciate it more.
* Last week we had a mini designing session and we now have some bigger (and exciting) plans for the main garden area to be explored further in the next few months.
Ive been cutting down our crop of cane, it borders onto our neighbour's drive and will be blown down by gales at some time, so best to cut it down in a controlled way in good weather. Its an amazing plant, after been cut down to the ground, it will grow about 7-8 feet in the next year. The lovely long straight sticks are hopefully going to be made into shading/privacy areas along our fencing, and then of course as plant supports too ....
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