Hi, I'd love to hear what's in your garden, and look at any garden pics you post. I've got a few pics up at my lj as well as my "planted today" lists.. which if you check out you might notice some of which are daringly late this year, as I didn't start seeds under lights this early spring (I was growing wheat grass for my cats) :D I'm in Massachusetts where the growing season kinda doesn't start until the end of May anyway, lots of short season crops for me, especially this year. How about you? Where do you garden?I've been into permaculture, organic gardening, heirloom seed, biodiversity, herbs, and companion planting for 4 or 5 years now, before that I lived in an apartment with no patio, so my living room had big tables full of herb plants up against every window. Man is it awesome to be able to get to know how to garden on the land! I love it.So, what's in your garden this year, what are your favorites to grow, are you trying any new things this year, what are some of your uses for what you grow? Whatever you want to tell me about is fun.
Your garden sounds wonderful, I love the combination of veggies, flowers & herbs growing together: it's a cottage garden... and oh I'm way late on a lot of things this year, but hey, salad things are very fast! You're the first person I've talked with who's growing gourds, what do you plan to do with them? Samhain decor, or crafts? I'd never heard of thimble berries, and looked them up, it says they make wonderful jam. Do they taste the same as raspberry, or do they have a different flavor?Congrats on your compost pile! If this is your first one, maybe I can pass along something I learned just recently: to avoid adding evergreens/pine/conifer to it, or it will have trouble decaying properly and will take a much longer time... I lucked out that I never added those, but I know my neighbors did, and sure enough, their compost has never been ready to use. But compost really gets going from adding occasional weedy-herb teas and daily coffee grounds! I use whatever nutritious weedy-herbs are growing wild & really abundantly around me, like comfrey, some mallow, cleavers, cinquefoil, stuff like that (if I had a lot of nettle, I'd use some for that). Doing that and turning it a lot, you might have compost ready for top-dressing this year too :D
O thanks for the information on the compost pile!! I am exdcited about it! Since this is my/our first year gardening, I can use all the information I can get!!!!!I have never tasted the thinmbleberries and I also did not know what they were until sidhefire offered them at Beltaine....I am just kind of babying them right now as they are still babies.....The gourds I was thinking of drying out and using as marakahs (sp?) I found some information on drying them out and things you can use them for. I would also like to make a bird house from them....I am also adding some violas to the mix, because they are wild and will come back again and again.....I love to work with our earth, it is so grounding and feels so good!