Monday, June 7, 2010

My wild, backyard gardens

My whole yard is practically wild, and my garden plots are just a smidge away from going native. Here's a shot of part of my veg. plot in the way back. What you can see are beans, potatoes, chard, weedy lettuce, and a mound of violets. The violets hide an anthill. I refuse to kill the colony. The lettuce is weedy because whenever I try to weed it, a cat comes along and lays itself down right on the lettuce to 'keep me company'. So the weeding of the lettuce is sporadic. 90% of the weeds in the garden are violets:

Here are my potatoes. I've planted Kennebec and Yukon gold. They aren't 'hilled' because I planted them in trenches and backfilled the trenches as they grew:

The Swiss chard is an heirloom variety called five color silverbeet. There are several colors, green, red, yellow, orange, and I'm not sure what the fifth is:

This is one of my heirloom tomatoes started from seed. It's called Hillbilly Potato Leaf:

My weedy red lettuce:

I have two asparagus plants coming up. I forget the variety, but it's the one that's all male:

In a sunny corner by the house, I have lavender (Hidcote, Munstead, and Provence), garlic, and yarrow all cozied up together:

The largest plant right now in my medicinal herb garden is my elecampane. I love the undersides of the large leaves, they're soft and textured:

Here they are from above. these are second-year plants. I'll harvest their roots in the fall:

These happy violas sit on our patio table. They were a gift from a neighbor:

Here's to half-wild gardens, always almost native!


jo©o said...

"I planted them in trenches and backfilled the trenches as they grew"

Now that's a clever wheeze!

It all looks lush and inviting and so without holes and pests that I can hardly stand it.
It makes me realize head-on what gardening ought to be like and for us definitely isn't.
You must be waving a magic wand, or damsel fly, to get it all looking so uttery wholesome and fresh. I reckon you have a blameless soul deserving of this perfection, whereas moi....??
Forgive the envy. It's just that I haven't seen a plant without severe blemishes for such a long time.

ICQB said...

Hi Jo!

The trench method of potato planting might be clever and it might not. I got the idea from a book, or maybe a gardening website. We'll see how clever it is when it's time to retrieve the potatoes :-)

I am fairly pest-free, for now. I think it's because the pests just think all my plants are weeds :-) I can absolutely guaratee that a blameless soul doesn't enter the picture at any point ;-)

The toads and dragon/damselflies must play a part, too.

Lyn said...

Well at least you have things IN the plot, mine is looking a bit bare! I like your violets (we call them pansies here in the uk)

ICQB said...

Hi Lyn!

How did your rhubard jam turn out? Sounds yummy - a good way to quickly use what got flattened by the tree men:-)