It can probably go without saying that when every day gets eaten up with frenetic activity, I don’t find time to blog.
The last batch of wonderful WWOOFers have gone, leaving real progress in their wake.
And leaving me to play catch-up with garden things, blog things, reading things, relaxing things, art things, writing things, and research things.
The rooftop garden has not disappointed. We’re frantically harvesting beans, zucchini, kale, garlic, flowers, lettuce, and medicinal and dye plants.
And there has been a serious case of “Pop-up” vegetable gardens appearing in unplanted spots (mostly from compost that has not been thoroughly cooked!)
A relaxed walk around the yard reveals that Granny’s rose bush has successfully taken root, to remind us of her whenever we see it. (She graduated to her place in heaven a little over a year ago.)
We observe that the mason bee condo has some tenants (the plugged holes).
The berry bushes are lush, lush, lush! We’ve picked 6 batches already – a nice little nest egg in the freezer. And we’ve only begun picking blackberries. Delighted to see that gorgeous ferns are taking the place of weeds in the crevices of the boulders and retaining walls.
Along the sunny wall of the studio, behind a deer fence, I am training the two apple trees and one peach (with only one peach on it this year!) to grow on wires. I’m new at this, but I’m learning quickly. The big trick will be to harvest the fruit one day before the bear does.
This year’s new side garden is filling in nicely. Although, what’s up with corn that won’t germinate?? I planted 72 seeds, in two attempts in the tire garden, and have 5 corn plants that look as though they won’t mature before the weather turns too cool.
Relocated the veggie garden’s Johnny Jump-ups to a shady place that matches their colour scheme better, and they’re jumping up even more enthusiastically now.
In the yard, Ela and Sami laid most of the remaining flagstones, so I had to go buy some more to finish the courtyard.
Haley has been making tiles to commemorate the 31 WWOOFers (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) who have moved our organic gardens and xeriscaped yard so far these last 2 summers.
Here’s a sneak preview of the tiles, with my promise to write a proper post when they’re finished.
Tess bucked up part of the grove of Big Leaf Maples that the neighbourhood collaborated on cutting down. We now have our winter supply of firewood in place.
Regular readers of This Green House will recall the pond algae fiasco last year. This year, the rich roof runoff from the rooftop veggie garden goes into this rain barrel, instead of the pond, where it is sent off to re-water the side garden with gravity-fed drip irrigation.
We have not been idle (although I know someone very close to me who wishes we would be more idle! Soon, my dear, very soon.)
It’s lovely to be able to report on progress here at This Green House.
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