|Japanese Perennial Onion flowering.|
An apology to those regular readers! I've been so slow on the uploading of photos and new posts but I've got a valid excuse. Turns out my body- unexpectedly- began making a human being about thirteen weeks ago. This will be the third baby to join our house and now that I'm feeling less tired, it doesn't sound as exhausting as it did to me four weeks ago!
As for the square foot gardens, they are doing well despite the lack of sun: besides we're thankful for the rain (and a working sump pump!). I took these photos on June 29th- the date of my 2010 update. My biggest challenge continues to be nutrients as I don't have a great compost system yet (though Mat just built me a huge double-bin compost that should be a big help next season). This year I've added significant amounts of sheep and cow manure, as well as used a flax/hemp based fertilizer from the farmer's market. Based on a great Mother Earth News article, I will soon begin experiments with liquid fertilizers using the common household material: diluted urine. I'm hoping the girl's enjoy peeing in a bucket!
Pictures were taken July 29th:
|Spinach bolting and peas a-flowerin'. The greens in front of the box are hardy, oriental poppies.|
|More lettuce. I can't keep up! Unfortunately, this prego lady doesn't have any craving for salad. Just oranges?!|
|Yarrow bordered by squash. These squash aren't doing great, but they may be a little crowded!|