We have added a cherry tree!
I have planted a few things around the tree to protect it from disease and insects (in a guild, so to speak.) There are onion chives (to repel pests)
I also transplanted 3 parts of this same plant back near my garden and the summer transplants are holding their own (in the worst soil, if I do say so myself!)
The second most exciting addition to the garden are these:
Actually, I dug and fought with the rock hard clay for a few hot and sweaty hours, then added a ton of compost/peat mix to finally plant these bad boys.
I was so hot and sweaty and dirty and gross, or I would have brought my camera out to show how horrible the soil really is. Jumping on the shovel made little dents at a time!
The soil reminded me of class 5 and reinforced for me that our suburban soil is nothing more than subsoil/rock fill leftover from the construction process. Of course, this was dumped on top of the severely compacted clay subsoil that was left as our "base soil." So sad....
So I whipped that crap soil down onto the rock ledges. If you remember from the strawberry renovation, the rocks are covered with a slim 1 inch layer of clay, then fabric, then mulch. Not a useful growing space. But they might as well hold some soil and grow a few pollination attractors!
This is the soil after I added some of our forest soil on top!
And then planted a few perennial flowers:
I wish I could show what that soil was really like.... I think it would have required a video - a long, grunty, angry video.
Another addition is the ornamental grasses. The truth is, I hate these grasses. But my husband loves them and they will add a lot to the privacy of our yard. I added 7 of these plants around our fire pit, in front of the spruce trees. They will both help as a wind block and a privacy screen.
Since I thought this "secret garden" view was great, I am looking forward to what happens when the grasses grow up (and of course the trees continue to expand!)
They cost $105!!!
And the very last reason I hate them - they are toxic and inedible. Some reed grasses are edible - these are not. 1 and 3 were my main reasons until I actually bought them. Now I hate them mostly because of the price....
The kids helped me make 3 cages for my honeyberry bushes. Why??? I was going to make them anyway since I need to protect these (and the blueberries) from rabbits in the winter, but also because somebody hopped over the fence and smashed a little plant to death this week.
So the cages are up now to prevent any more stepping incidents and then they'll be buried and ready for fall. Double win.
FYI - bunnies do not usually chew on trees in the summer. They go after the soft wood and bark of young trees and shrubs in the winter because they are starving for food. They prefer leafy greens and when they are abundant will leave your woody plants alone. Smashing feet know no seasons....
The casa blanca lillies are flowering and making the containers look respectable. Actually, these keep their flowers for a long time. I am going to save the bulbs and plant them again next year, but with full sized strawberry runners and bachelor buttons to fill the bottoms. No more messing around with seeds of various flowers in these pots.flax harvest! This is a picture of the winnowed flax before screening. I was too lazy to take a finished picture. We started with 1/2 tsp of seeds and ended up with 3/4 of a cup. Not bad, but not great. I will plant these as some of my pollinator flowers next year but only a few.
Now onto the Firsts:Our first cucumber:
Our first "non-shrivelly" squash! Yay!
I am gathering up a ton of seeds.
The 2nd batch of peas are struggling to get upright.
And finally - I leave you with the most ominous vision in my garden. Seriously, this photo scares the crap out of me! It scares me every time I look at it in real life too!
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2015 Garden Part 2
2015 Garden Part 3
2015 Garden Part 4
2015 Garden Part 5
2015 Garden Part 6
2015 Garden Part 7
2015 Garden Part 8
2015 Garden Part 9
2015 Garden Part 10
2015 Garden Part 11
2015 Garden Part 12
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A full list of the edibles in our garden as of July 2015:
5 Varieties of Blueberry (bluecrop, northblue, northland, chippewa, northsky)
3 Varieties of Red Raspberry (2 summer (latham & boyne), 1 fall - heritage)
Red, White, and Pink Currants (JVT, champagne, jewel/blanca)
2 Varieties of Gooseberries (wild, picsweet)
Black Raspberry (wild)
Dill, Sage, lemon balm, thyme, parsley, cilantro, basil
6 Varieties of Tomato (coyote, brandywine, mr. stripey, moneymaker, rutgers, siberian)
2 Varieties of Potato (russet, yukon)
2 Varieties of Grapes (1 red - valient, 1 white - niagra)
2 Varieties of Strawberry (1 june quinalt, 1 alpine)
Snap peas (2 types)
Cucumbers (2 types)
Pineapple Ground cherries
Purslane (2 varieties)
Scarlet Runner Beans
Honeyberries (2 varieties)