How Does your Garden Grow?

Chiska

We have the Wildlife that Surrounds us, and I thought that we should have a something about the plant life that surrounds, whether it is in our gardens or growing wild.
 

Chiska

Strawberries. Something so easy to grow and prolific. These are descended from composted Costco strawberries.
 

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VGimlet

Blackberries. Our field is awash in blackberries. I might someday rent some goats. :D We keep the flat mowed, but the hills that are too steep to mow are blackberry heaven.
And morning glories. And field grass. The field merges into our lawn.

Behind the storage shed we have a small grove of aspen trees. I tried planting some ground cover there, but it didn't take. I don't want anything invasive, like ivy.

In my flower beds I have fennel, variegated sage, strawberries, chives, chocolate mint and spearmint, summer savory, variegated thyme, rosemary, and around front I have columbines.

I'll be adding today variegated thyme, red thyme, creeping thyme, oregano, another rosemary plant, a few more strawberry plants, tarragon, orange mint, plain and golden sage, salad burnet, dill, tarragon and dwarf and variegated oregano. Around the front I will be adding lavender, and 2 kinds of dianthus (carnations).

Eventually I'd like to move all the columbines somewhere else. Maybe under the lilacs, which would be pretty since they bloom about the same time. The flower bed between our house and the neighbors is about 4 feet wide and 40 feet long, and I have about 6 lilacs planted there.

My goal is to make the flowerbeds next to the house ALL herbs, or edible flowers. I am not doing vegetables this year - a little too late again, maybe next year.
 

danieljuk

family members have always grown things in my life! but in recent years there is a lot more fruit and veg!

I have had homeopathy and herbalism for many years and I try to plant the plants that I take the remedies from, if it's possible here. Always interesting to know the source of what I am taking :) particularly love aloe vera and Echinacea and marigolds. In the Summer there is cucumbers grown indoors in a room with a glass roof! it's so fun! they always taste better home grown :)
 

Chiska

Your gardens sound beautiful. I would live a Greenhouse someday.

I find great peace when I am puttering in my little garden.

The first picture was the garden in April. The second shows the sage in full bloom.
 

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danieljuk

looks lovely Chiska!
I never knew Sage had such a beautiful flower :)
 

Chiska

They are quite large and very attractive to honey bees.

I follow a druid path, and you can see that several trees have snuck into the garden. The hazelnut at the end has taught me the.wisdom of not planting nuts in your veggie garden! It is a good producer, though.
 

Annabelle

I don't have any good photos right now, but we are currently growing rosemary, Thai basil, sweet mint, spearmint, and peppermint.

We also have some sweet potatoes started (balanced in glasses of water on the window sill) and we are trying to decide whether to plant them directly in the ground, or build a raised box for them.
 

ravenest

Loofas galore! LOOFAS! .... GALORE! So many ... I knew that would happen and they would take over but not much grows there in winter and I got extra space.

Started selling them.

Actually might be moving the garden ... take some essentials and move location .... someone is really going to benefit from all the soil conditioning and organic products and bio-char in that soil when I leave.
 

Chiska

Loofas galore! LOOFAS! .... GALORE! So many ... I knew that would happen and they would take over but not much grows there in winter and I got extra space.

Started selling them.

Actually might be moving the garden ... take some essentials and move location .... someone is really going to benefit from all the soil conditioning and organic products and bio-char in that soil when I leave.

How remarkable. I googled loofas. I wondered if they would grow here and according to my source, it seems that USDA zones 7 and above will work!! I live in 8b (−9.4 °C (15 °F) to −6.7 °C (20 °F)).

All I need is some seeds! :)

Though, whilst I seem to be able to grow trees from seeds, I can't grow a courgette. And seriously, in this climate, that is just embarrassing. I have to actually beg them from those who can.