It seems my “Mid-Month Meandering” posts are tending to be more like “Later-in-the-Month Meanderings.” But whatever. You understand right?
Let’s get right to it. No, actually I have a bit of news first! We will be on the West Seattle Edible Garden Tour again this summer. It is happening July 9th and if you are local I’d love to have you drop by! More details as we get closer.
Oh radish, I adore thee. Apparently so does the Babylady. We've been eating them straight out of the garden. A little shirt wipe of the dirt and popping them in like candy. Toss the greens to the chickens and everyone has had a treat. We are saving this one for my dad coming tomorrow because "Bapa likes radishes."
Bees! They were buzzing all over! Go pollination!
Babylady has a new tool box (old apple crate we got for free)
Wisteria starting to bloom. This is actually the first year it has bloomed so we are excited! It makes the coolest shadows when the sun is shining! It grows up next to the shed in the Babylady's garden. Which I suppose I haven't shown you yet. I was going to this month but there was too much junk in front of it. Next month...
Itty bitty strawberries!
The still-unnamed Speckled Sussex chicken likes the tool box too. Isn't she cute?
She also likes the parsley. I planted a lot of parsley this year because I never seem to plant enough to do anything with. It is in various stages of growth all over the place. Unless the chicks get it first.
Potatoes are popping up. I planted them late so they are getting a late start. I am guessing from the look of this it is an "All Blue." Not that I actually remember. I was cleaning up the yard yesterday and found the labels from 4 varieties of 'taters. Also planted were German Butterball, Yukon Gold and Rose Finn.
What is a few nibbles amongst neighbors? I'm not diligent enough to avoid some pesty partakers. But I'm cool with that. I don't know what else is growing around it~ it is that time of the year where I have no idea if things are weeds or sprouting seeds I have sown.
Minty drink anyone?
Borage is Back! And back and back and back...this stuff self sows all over. Luckily it easily plucked out if it pops up where you don't want it and the bees adore it. Since it is so prolific I'm going to investigate some of the many culinary and medicinal uses of it. Stay tuned!
One of the 2 columnar apple tree blooms. I moved this tree in the later winter and it seems happy with the new arrangement. A reader told me the flower in the background was a forget-me-not (thanks!) back before it began to bloom. I love it.
Another bee. I can't help it! I love them!
Part of the new bottle edging. Recycling at its best. Sadly, even though the bottles were piling up in the driveway, we didn't have enough to finish it at the moment. Time for a party?
A newly sheet mulched are for planting in the driveway. It is about 8 inches of partly composted leaves, leaf mold, uncomposted chicken poop & coop shavings, grass clippings and coffee grounds. It is now covered in cardboard and some partly broken down straw. Depending on how quickly it breaks down we'll plant in fall or spring.
I don't tend to show you the area around the deck and patio as much, but I really like it. The area has grown in so nicely the past few years (in fact- those native strawberries need thinning something fierce.) The giant madrone tree is just beyond the picture and is where the birds hang out.
The vine maple finally woke up. This is the same area but on the other side of patio.
It is untidy just as it should be. Scattered leaves. Spreading nootka rose plants. Unfurling ferns.
One of the red osier dogwood shrubs. I rooted a bunch of cuttings earlier this spring as part of my Take Back Our Damn Hill project. They are happily potted up and waiting for fall to go in the ground.
Next month? Hopefully loads of edible plant pics! Most things were so small they just depressed me. We have a lot of lettuce (still to young to harvest) and we’ve eaten several meals with fresh picked asparagus. All of the berries are looking fantastic! The spinach is nearly pickable. Perennial herbs are popping back to life. Walla-walla onions and garlic look great. So, there are things growing. They, like the rest of Seattle, are just ready for a bit more good weather.
Last year this time? Yes, I cried a little reviewing that bit of glory.