The other night, I went out and picked a bunch of greens, some beans and some rogue tomatoes. My Rainbow Brights Swiss Chard is finally looking rainbow like. I added some radish tops and basil and probably some beet tops too.
I have a good chuckle every day with this stalk of corn and its mini friends around it. After ther corn ransacking of both 2011 and 2010, I vowed to stop growing corn. But I really wanted to grow some and started it really late, thinking maybe I'd trick the monsters who got into it last year. No sooner had nice, strong stalks appeared than something got into the garden and snapped them all except for this tall one. The little ones tried to come back but didn't produce ears. There's one ear on the tall one. We (the corn and I) laugh about how it's the only one there, in the face of all the other destruction. As I write this, something is probably eating that very ear and laughing at me.
There's kale in the background going crazy but I swear kale bothers my digestion, so I've stopped liking it. And I threw in some pea plants, but I think by the time they flower, the bees will be gone, so there won't be any peas to eat.
After a very lengthy debate with myself, k-ster, my father and the internet, I decided to try growing some carrots in concrete blocks.
The debate is whether or not there are dangerous metals that will leach out of the blocks. According to what I read (multiple sources), unless they are true cinder blocks, made of fly ash which contains radioactive elements, then no, they are not dangerous. I have no idea what these blocks around this yard are made of and some are probably older than me. We have so many to choose from. I took those that looked the newest and I'm hoping for no radioactivity in my future.
Then I planted one carrot in each one. I put them near the sunniest side of the greenhouse. I hope that the heat off the greenhouse and the insulating nature of the blocks will let them thrive this winter. And I picture that because each one gets its own hole, everyone will be happy.
I don't think I ever showed this picture of what I did just outside the door of the house this summer. It's kind of a wasted space of grass that is a pain to cut, so I thought I'd put in some plants. And I found the cutest plant stand at a thrift store.
Today, they look like this. The impatiens died from that crazy impatien fungus that went around, but everything else has gone insane. I think I'll plant things here again next year. I wasn't sure if they would bother us as we go in and out the door, but it seems to be fine. There are a couple of perennials in there, so we'll see what comes up. I think I'd like a little picket fence on the edge, by the walkway, to define. K-ster won't like that too much.... Although, I thought he wouldn't like the plants so close to the walkway but he kind of likes it, so who knows?
These zinnias are from seeds I saved from my zinnias last year. They have been phenomenal. Those on the left are a gorgeous coral color. I have some of these in garden #2 too. Most of them turned out to be the purplish color of the others and I don't like that too much. I have another mixed coral/pink group in an ugly bucket in the greenhouse. I didn't mean for them to grow and I thought they were something else at first and then as the summer went, I just left them because they were pretty!