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Garden Updates – July 2012

Hello everyone! Its been a while since I posted actual updates from the garden.  So here are some new photos!  We have had very little rain in the last two months, so I’ve had to water a bit.  The heat wave was kind to the corn, less kind to the strawberries and kale :).  But other than that, everything is growing really well!

Long Sweet Pepper (not hot!)

Long Sweet Pepper (not hot!)

So this little pepper plant was saved from seeds from a pepper I bought at the farmer’s market last year.  The person I bought it from didn’t have a name for the pepper, but she said she saved them from her grandmother (and she is quite old herself!).  It ripens into a wonderful sweet, long pepper with no hint of spiciness.

A path and butterfly garden (using permaculture techniques) that I've been working on for two years

A path and butterfly garden (using permaculture techniques) that I’ve been working on for two years

This is my butterfly garden + herb garden path.  Strawberries are behind where I took the photo.  I put up that archway recently and I have some hardy kiwi growing on it.  I’m looking forward to eating them in a few years!

Peppers and tomatoes in my wild garden!

Peppers and tomatoes in my wild garden!

My garden is really kind of wild…and honestly, what better way for it to be?  Tomatoes sprawl everywhere.  The heirloom tomatoes I’m growing are really….boisterous, perhaps.

View from the corner of the garden

View from the corner of the garden

The kale (which I’ll be posting more about soon) is in the front; you can see four of the 4′ x 20′ rows.  This is very early in the morning; the sun hasn’t yet came up through the trees.

View from the front of the garden

View from the front of the garden

Garden with 6′ fence and homemade wooden door.  Its about 1600 square feet.

Composting area with tumbler (for food waste) and piles (for weeds/yard waste/leaves)

Composting area with tumbler (for food waste) and piles (for weeds/yard waste/leaves)

Here’s my composting area!  I gather up leaves from other people’s yard as well as my own yard in the fall; they compost down for a year or more.  I also add all kinds of weeds, yard waste, etc.  I’m hesitant to gather much yard waste from other people as there might be pesticides in it.  I also slash down and add comfrey to my pile a few times a year.  Comfrey is an excellent nitrogen fixer!

Butterfly and Bee Attractor Garden

Butterfly and Bee Attractor Garden

This is the 2nd year of the butterfly and bee attractor garden.  I really am happy with it this year.  I did it all from seed; it didn’t really do much last year, but its really lovely this year!

Peanuts, Basil, and Beans, and some Corn

Peanuts, Basil, and Beans, and some Corn

Here are some peanuts (front, they seem to grow slow); basil, and a bunch of beans.  You can see some corn on the left and tomatoes on the right.