I haven't been posting lately...but I have been busy! I know... That is a worn out excuse...but true nonetheless!
The last few weeks I have spent more time outside than I can remember ever doing so. I have planted flowers (food for the soul) and vegetables (food for the belly.!)
Would you like a look at my garden? Please remember that it is a work in progress...
I saved seeds from my Morning Glories and planted them in the planter box which was built by my dad. I also put several Dill Pickle cucumbers in with them as an experiment.
The Rhubarb, I did not have to plant. Like Time...there never seems to be enough of this plant to go around. I like to share with friends and family and what is left goes in my freezer.. As I write this, I am waiting for a Rhubarb Meringue pie to cook. Looking for an excellent recipe? Go to Cooks.com
The gardens above are the works-in-progress that I spoke about. Last year I planted lots, and harvested NOTHING from these beds. The weeds took over, and I declared defeat. I used a different tactic this year. I put down thick cardboard, and layered leaves, grass clippings, soil and vegetable mix in the top garden. Although there is only about a 5" depth to the matter, I decided to plant anyway, and just see what happens. I did not finish the layering of matter on the bottom bed but dumped veggie mix and black soil in mounds and planted several different varieties of squash. They seem to be doing well, as do the tomatoe, pepper, and cucumber plants above.
I have another garden that did very well last year. In this garden, I have planted tomatoes and peppers and cukes too. Along one side are ever-bearing strawberries. Eventually this garden will be reserved for strawberries only, but I used the empty spaces to plant vegetables this year.
Lastly...I have planted several more blueberry, raspberry, and grape bushes. I also have a gooseberry bush to go in the ground.
I brought wild blueberry bushes from my daughter's home in Sudbury last year. They, too, are doing well.
So... Can you see why I haven't posted in a while? I promise to work on that, but for now...I have to go and weed the above!
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