Spring Garden 04-27-13

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Woodland garden – alpine strawberries in bloom, next to Oregon sedum.
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Happy euphorbia, new growth.
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Front yard – Rhododendron in bloom.
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Garlic in The Orchard is coming along. Thicker stalks here than in Bed 1.
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Backyard – Faerie Garden
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First roses of the season. Aphids have just started coming out. Note to self – lady bugs…
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Bed 2 – crazy town. I’m trying the forest garden method. Different heights for shade where needed. Diversity to trick the pests. Companion plants to boost production. Bed 2 has new oregon sugar beans, beets, arugula that self sowed this winter, leftover radicchio from last year, and some new mustard greens to break up the soil.
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Bed 3 – ready to go. Last week I chopped down the cover crops and today covered them with a layer of compost. I’ll give it a few weeks to settle down, then plants my tomatoes in this bed this year (last year was unsuccessful brassica bin – planted too late, poor irrigation, unhappy plants with aphids). I’ve set out some marigolds and nasturtium. Also purchased some new irrigation tools today. Wine bottle will have a ceramic bottom (Recycle a Bottle Plant Nanny). I’ve also ordered four Ollas to irrigate the ground below the soil level.
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Favas! Love these. And several of my elderly neighbors have asked curiously what they are. They look great, smell amazing, and I can’t WAIT to harvest the beans.
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The Orchard – Liberty apple tree. I’ve moved the onions here from Bed 4 (favas). I learned yesterday that onion family plants can stunt the growth of beans. Yes, those are favas over here, too. But they are nursery favas, just to help the ground.
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The Orchard – Fuji apple. Surrounded by garlic.
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Strawberry beds complete
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Perspective of the Herb Garden. The oregano and thyme in the front has really matured. My artichoke drops alot of leaves – hope to figure out how to make it happier. Also, yesterday I planted some German Chamomile behind the oregeno. Would be amazing if it takes.
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Perspective of the whole side yard. This was a blank slate a year ago. It finally feels like something.
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