Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The lovely heat stays with us … and things are growing well.
Especially the Wormwood Artemisia absinthium .. it is growing very well with the Columbine and the two are almost intertwined. I looked up some info on the Wormwood and read that the roots secrete a substance that inhibits the growth of surrounding plants. Well, it had no effect at all on the Columbine.
I’ll propagate it in the fall and will add more plants around the yard borders. Years ago I included this in a moth repellant that I mixed .. might do the same this year.
Lots of steady work in the yard .. pruning, digging. Today I dug away at the hard clay soil and scraped out enough space to place 3 round pavers for walking. Pics tomorrow. Then I moved some of that lovely Miracle Mulch onto the pathway in this area. Starting to look and feel good.
I’d scattered hundreds of Calendula seeds around the base of the cherry tree and can see them growing like crazy! I’ll have lots of the bright flower petals soon, I think!
The birds are all having fun. Yesterday I noticed the swallows having fun up above. They were flying en masse and then one would chase the other and would flutter it’s wings! Maybe a flying game.
And yesterday I dug up the first of my volunteer potatoes. How exciting was that! They have grown up amongst the raspberry canes and so I didn’t want to dig too deep .. I’ll check for more in a month or so .. when I’m digging up and moving the raspberry canes.
I’m changing the shape of the garden again, a bit at a time. Plan to grow lots of garlic! And speaking of which, next week I plan to sort through my current harvest, which is drying in beneath the sundeck. I’ll choose the largest cloves and will plant them in September. And will use up the smaller ones for cooking.
I plan to try to grow carrots next year .. and maybe a few other veggies.
Lovely day .. back outside to work before the sun sets .. which it is doing, earlier and earlier!
August 15, 2012 at 7:58 am
As much as I give wasps a wide berth, I have to remind myself that they generally help out the garden as a beneficial bug. Whether or not that variety in particular eats bugs that eat your plants, I’m not sure.
August 15, 2012 at 8:52 am
HI .. yes, you are right ..I was bitten by a b/w hornet a few years ago and stay away from them. This year I’ve been wearing dark clothing (black long sleeved shirt) and tan and black Car-Hearts to avoid attracting them. It’s working so far. I do respect them and the work that they do, though.