Jenny! Hope you've had a great week so far, I miss you guys SO much! I've been a tad depressed, after our wonderful trip to Washington and having the husband home for three weeks, the day in/day out grind has taken some getting used to. But, I'm getting there!
I wanted to show you my garden today, it's one of the things that helps me keep my sanity most days! I think I shared with you that I've been studying biodynamics a little more closely this year, it has transformed my attitude towards gardening and the backyard space I'm lucky enough to be a steward of. I see the spirit in everything now, even weeds, even those insects that are chewing holes in my plants. (And, I apologize as I pull up the weeds, and squash the insects. Balance!) I'm quite proud to show you the plants that are gracing us with their presence this summer.
The raised beds Lee built me are working great, and the paths are (mostly) weed free!
We're growing quite a few vegetables this year: Heirloom and cherry tomatoes, eggplant, hot and bell peppers, okra, yard long beans, zucchini, corn, butternut squash, Trail of Tears beans, tomatillos and three kinds of potatoes! All are doing great, a good friend watered them while we were in Washington (good thing too, since it was in the 90s with no rain the whole time we were gone!) and after five days of rain and a good layer of mulch they are really taking off!
Cherokee Purple tomato
Black Beauty Zucchini
Tricolor Corn with Trail of Tears beans growing up the stalk
Eggplant, with lots of holes from flea beetles
Red bell peppers
TomatillosOf course, I've planted many flowers too, both to attract beneficial insects and for cutting. Most of them have not started flowering yet, but here are a few that have!
Marigolds, with purple shiso that grows like a weed in my yard!
Zinnia, my all time favorite flower
Black Eyed Susans, about to bloom!
Russian Mammoth Sunflower
Bee balm and butterfly bush
BorageI've also expanded the herbs I'm growing this year, and I'm growing more of each variety, too! Lots of herb-drying in my future! I have a long-term goal of starting a small business selling dried herbs, flowers, seedlings and that sort of thing, so this is just the next step moving forward.
Holy Basil and Calendula
Fennel, parsley, cilantro, dill, cinnamon basil
Don't tell Lee, but I sort of wish the tree had fallen on his van.
Awning, too heavy for us to lift and move by ourselves
Busted shed door, an excuse to build a new one with a greenhouse attached!
Of course, that's not all that the backyard holds, I would have a hundred more photos at least! It's truly amazing what natural wonders I can find, even on my small, suburban lot. More and more it feels like an oasis!
I hope the weather cooperates with all of y'all in Seattle, and your container garden gets the sun it needs to grow, grow, grow! I'll be back tomorrow with some links, and next week with my adventure in sewing knits!