Choosing to live simply, tending the garden, loving the homelife, incorporating creativity and following the peaceful example of two cats in our yard.
I never had any other desire so strong, and so like to covetouseness, as that one which I have had always, that I might be master at last of a small house and a large garden. - Abraham Cowley, "The Garden" (1666)
Thursday, 6 December 2012
Looking back, looking ahead
This years garden was quite a success, with more compost, and also the addition of more flowers and vegetables mixed together. It was a bit unruly, but lush and gorgeous. I cover my newly planted seeds with black plastic nursery trays upturned, to keep the cats from digging them up.
These foxgloves really took off this year under the shade of the trees.
This bed was raspberries, sweetpeas, tomatoes, beans, cucumber, parsley, beets, carrots, nasturtiums, and gladiolas in the foreground.
The front garden is north-facing and planted with more shade loving plants.
My husband built this bed this year out of driftwood and filled with compost it was very fertile. With peas, arrugula, (which we are still eating in November)lettuce, spinach, pumpkins, cilantro, a volunteer tomato, and all kinds of flowers that my daughter planted from seed in her corner.
So, I saved some seeds for next year. The beans were great and were non GMO, so they will produce true to the original plant, and haven't been tampered with genetically. Looking forward to next years garden, and hope to plant more non-GMO seeds so we can keep harvesting not only good food, but free seeds for the next year!