Remember the"heap" gardening experiment last year?
A rather simple concept it began; piling up garden trash in the same place every year, burying it at the very bottom of the heap, which is covered with a soil layer. The decomposing organic matter composts in place, enriching the soil with earthworm castings and micro-nutrients.
The growth potential is no less than amazing, here's what the "heap" looks like now!
|The Heap 2012|
Squash? Pumpkin? Cantaloupe?.... I know, a flower!
It seems that even with the strange, even weird weather, the garden is proceeding along just fine!
The garlic is high, see these scapes? Straightened out, some of them are over five feet high.
Although garlic scapes are wonderful to eat in stir-fries or salads, I'm letting these super- scapes ripen so I will have a new supply of bulbils to propagate more of this specific garlic. When the florets develop bulbils, and ripen, they will be harvested and dried for a couple of weeks. The small bulbils can be planted this fall, a couple of weeks after harvesting.
|Very tall Garlic Scapes|
Let's look at the spuds! We have four varieties, all hilled up nicely, aren't they? The plants look small, but the hills are huge. Quite a change from the soggy spring mud isn't it? Nary a weed in sight, too! Well, almost! Looks like more work sprouting!
|Four Varieties of Spuds growing in the Fog|
"Gold Rush", "Yukon Gold", "Kennebec" and an old Heritage white potato variety called "Pimpernel". Last year we bought 2 lbs of "Pimpernel" seed potatoes as an experiment and ended up with a wheelbarrow full of potatoes. We saved some of the seed to replant, and this year we have two long rows-- happily growing.
Sweet corn in the foggy morn seems to be doing fine too--the leaves on this corn are unbelievable, over 4" wide! It, too, is growing happily. No wonder, it is heavily mulched. Last year this same variety, by the end of the growing season, had reached close to 8' tall.
|Sweet corn doing just fine!|
Off to the beanery we go, where purple and yellow beans grow. Not a weed in this heavily mulched intensive-grow style bean bed! Beans are ready to pick!
|These are yellow wax beans; the Purple ones are way down there.....|
Let's hop on over to the tomato patch. As you can see, it's a jungle!
|A compact, prolific Heritage tomato plant "Sophie's Choice"|
Well, that's about it for the garden update except for the carrots, cabbage, tomatilloes, Swiss chard, lettuce, onions, peas, dill, zucchini, novel pumpkins -and THE turnip.
Yes, we only had ONE turnip sprout. It's growing quite happily. Go figure. ONE seed out of a hundred. Maybe Uncle Mac who has all kinds of weird stuff happening over at the shed can get Farm Girl to explain that one!
For our resident gardener dedicated to all things beautiful I have to add one of her favourite garden things, a spotted lily. Know why?
|Spotted Asian Lily|
We really needed this special picture for our friend Glory Lennon, the brilliant gardening zeitgeist over at Glory's Garden. I hereby offer, as promised...a pink Calla lily, and yes, we grew it, not in the garden, but in a pot, right outside the door!
|Calla Lily photo by w.l.kukkee 2012|
Kind of short, isn't it? Here at Incoming Bytes we all know that with all things growing, both beautiful and good things come in small packages!
Is that Incoming I hear?