A story on simple provisions - take these leaves, or the twigs, or even the compost layer in the background. So many times this year, I was desperately in need of a provision. It was just that kind of year.. and, as with each of the things you see here, I simply put out the intention that I needed them, and I kept chugging along as best as I could in the meantime. Someone wrote earlier today that permaculture has taught her patience.. A-WOmen to that 🙆 Can you relate??
The leaves - I had actually just finished putting a layer of compost on the other side of the bamboo teepees and thought to myself that I really needed a nutrient rich covering for the inside of the teepees. I put out the intention that I needed more leaves. No sooner had I thought it, I looked down in the swale where I was working and realized that I was standing on a nice batch of freshly fallen leaves! Score! So I tucked them into the teepees and gave thanks 💚 .
The twigs - very similar story. Several years ago, I needed something to really give our main garden beds a sense of completion, but I had no financial resources to put toward it. Then, I realized that our white willows had been freely shedding twigs across our property all winter. That was the start of my wattle-esque borders, and I have maintained the relationship with the willows each year, especially when I expand into new beds.
The compost - after the kind of ridonkulous weather we had pretty much this entire year, I knew the gardens needed some serious TLC before winter.. but, after said year, I was also very strapped for cash. I just kept putting the intention out there that I needed a provision, and, out of nowhere, a friend gifted me with a trunkful of really good horse manure. I composted it down with our leaves and our kitchen compost, and voila!
I have been fortunate to have simple provisions come through for me and my family all year. It really has made all the difference. Someone up there has been listening 😉 Thank you 💚
Look, Y'all. I have tomatoes in the middle of December. They popped up in my old pig pen this fall and all I've done is cover them up with a sheet when the temps drop below freezing. I'm in zone 9a, and will definitely be growing more tomatoes next fall. These have grown effortlessly, with zero pest issues.
I think these will be ripe soon. I can see the shoulders and bottom of the tomatoes turning color.
Maybe, just maybe, I'll have Christmas Tomatoes!!!
Patiently waiting for these Big Boys to ripen.... Our unusually cool October and November has left a lot of people hanging with lots of green tomatoes on the vine. I’m tempted to pick them and ripen indoors, but next week we’re supposed to be back in the 70s. Maybe I’ll wait just a bit longer..... #🍅
Large handful of fresh kale and a few herbs from the garden. We haven’t had many cold nights yet and the kale weathered the nights it was in the 20s. It’s not a lot but it is providing fresh snacks for Charlette and Wilma which they love 💕🐰🐰#rabbits#rabbitsofinstagram#fallgarden#kalesnacks
Two of three hippeastrum are in full bloom. They are often referred to as amaryllis but that is incorrect. Now is a great time to load up on these bulbs on clearance at big box garden centers. If a bud is emerging, you’re in luck! If foliage only is emerging, then it won’t likely bloom this year. When these bulbs finish blooming, I’ll keep them outside with the rest of my hippeastrum. My outdoor bulbs will bloom in April or May.
I haven't been very active in anything gardening related this week, simply because I have jury duty ALL. WEEK. 🙈
Soo here's a quick snap shot I took of another comparison of our homegrown egg vs. the store bought ones we just had to buy. Any guesses which is which? 🐔
Hope you all are having a good week! 💛
So it's fig cutting season! I had my first fresh fig this Summer off my Olympian tree I purchased and now I'm obsessed! There are roughly 650 edible fig varieties and only a few are sold commercially. So one of the few ways to get your hands on some of the more perishable but often more delish varieties, is to grow them yourself. Ronde De Bordeaux is highly regarded in the fig community and it does well in the South, so I've added to my collection. I have a few more varieties I would like to try, but I can't get too crazy. A yard full of fig trees wouldn't go to well at my house!
My first attempt at growing asparagus, nested comfortably in my greenhouse 😄 I can't wait to transplant into the garden next spring! Has anybody else tried growing asparagus at home? I've already been forewarned about the potential issues, but I figured "What the heck" and planted these seeds that were given to me over a year ago. The variety is "Mary Washington".
Food! I’ve tried several new things this fall/winter just to see what I can grow this time of year. We had a weird start to Fall with some unusually high temps that I believe affected growth on a few things. But. This deformed black Nebula carrot was part of my lunch today. The two golden globe turnips will be roasted for me to try tonight (chickens got the turnip and radish greens). The three zlata radish... well they grew wonderfully and a very mild... but I still don’t like the smell/taste of em! 😆 I’ve tried real hard to like all veggies... but radish tho 🤔. I roasted a few the other night and ate couple... they actually were better that way. I have lots of greens, a few snap peas and some Brussels sprouts growing as well. So......If grocery stores all closed we wouldn’t starve!!! (I might have to eat more radish tho) #sustainable#growfood#organicgarden#backyardgarden#fallgarden#blacknebulacarrot#zlataradish#goldenglobeturnip
Lunch from the garden today. 100% home grown and 100% organic. I can’t believe I used to go to Whole Foods and pay something like $38 a pound (or so 😜) at the salad bar for an organic salad. Growing your own food is way more satisfying, healthy (ultimate freshness here) and way better tasting. But the best part? I didn’t have to leave my house! #yogapantsalldayeveryday
I went to check on a client’s container garden I planted this summer and the ferns are looking on point! Autumn, Hart’s tongue, maidenhair spleenwort, sword, and soft shield fern were in all their glory, loving the cool and wet weather. The autumn fern, with its unique reddish and golden tinged foliage, has become on of my favorite ferns (along with Japanese painted and tassel ferns) to add to a garden. What’s your favorite fern? 🌿✨
As much as I’ll complain about pulling larkspur where I don’t want it, yes, I sowed more. The bees love it and it does a great job of keeping poppies from falling over. Plus, I love purple all over the yard. 💜
Canterbury bells just make my heart go pitter patter. When I ripped them out this summer, i shook the seeds all over the area and I’ve got a lot of volunteers coming up. But they are biennials, so I also put in a couple of nursery 6-packs for this spring’s blooming. The volunteers won’t bloom until the following spring. They are delightful in a mix of purple, pink and white.