A Quick update following some bad news

31 08 2013

Yup.  Look what I see:SAM_1061

That, my friends, is the end of summer coming up and it’s bearing over my backyard in all its menacing yellowness.  Soon those annoying “helicopter-but-not-the-nice helicopter” seeds will start to drop and seed the yard.  The “nice” seeds will bend or snap when your foot glances over them.  These ones will dig into flesh like tiny brown organic daggers.   The tree is a manitoba maple.  It’s not an overly beautiful tree and it’s classified as a weed.  So despite the fact of these “great selling features” people still plant them because, I think, they grown really fast.

The garden was cleaned up yesterday.  I admit, I let it slide for…. “a while”.SAM_1058

And it was just that time.  Time for the pea fence to get taken down; for the unused tomato spirals to be put away and for the dead and dying plants to be pulled up and dealt with.

The dried grass mulch makes it look a sight, hey?  Did a thorough weeding of all but one spot and got rid of a lot of the mulch around the tomato plants.   Normally, I would keep it around but I thought that maybe this late in the season, the sun warming the ground below the plants may help a bit and if they get blight from the bouncing rain at this point of the year, well, I should still be able to get the few tomatoes off the plant.SAM_1062

Here’s the last few veggies persevering (kale, tomatoes and the zucchini bush/vine).  And our danged, never gonna get rid of it rhubarb also looks pretty nice.

The wife has been a champion of the universe.  Having NEVER pickled or canned before, she’s taken to it like a teen to Facebook.  We currently have cherries, raspberries pickles and beets waiting for us to pop that stop.  The only unfortunate thing is that the beets from our garden, though picked ready to go, had to wait for their pickling and, I’m sad to say, passed their expiration date.  We’ll have to through most of them out.  MAD shout outs the the Crazy Suburban Garden  for her help with the pickling instructing!SAM_1055

The attack of the carrots!  We had carrots in several planting situations.  The little one had a few in her little garden circle.  A big row planted by Kim; another small section planted by me and a border row in one of the front beds (carrots make a fine border plant in the front with their thin whispy leaves.  We won’t be pickling carrots this year but we are eating them like bunnies.SAM_1051These were the carrots in our front border bed.  Healthy looking roots no doubt.

One of my favourite things about doing garden design is “the temporary”.  We got these cement pillar things from a neighbour (long story for a different kind of blog, I think).  We’ve been thinking about how to use them.  So, we have temporarily placed them in the situations I hope to find them permanently (hence, “the temporary”).  For me, it is just a way to see if that aesthetic will be enjoyed by us.  We’ll keep in their for a span of time and when ready to commit to it, we use the plan we thought of in the meantime.  I would use a post hole digger (Ph.d) to set these things a certain height into the ground and have wood trim between them, but I do believe if these were standing straight when that would already look pretty classy.

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The lion’s share of the pillars have been laid on their side to make a border for the sunflower garden bed  I think it gives a nice look though we will dig them a bit into the soil.  I put those two little piles of brick their to break up the monotony a bit but where exactly they will be, will probably be shifted a touch.SAM_1063

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