I really love the season of Spring… Our garden is literally bursting with green, buds, fruit, veggies and luscious lawn! After our freezing winter when everything looked quite dead, how refreshing to walk on soft grass and smell the perfume of roses and Jasmin in the air… This is a photo of our back garden I took standing at my kitchen door. You can just see our enclosed veggie garden to the right in the distance, that is where all the fresh goodness grows…
After many years of attempting to grow potatoes in the ground and above ground, I have taken to planting them in individual pots. Each year we would harvest a few and the cutworms would eat through the rest. So now I am hoping that I have avoided the cutworms entirely by filling these post with rich composted and enriched soil and we will have beautiful, huge potatoes (hopefully)
Our Petria is in bloom, this grows really well right next to our water tank that tends to overflow occasionally, keeping it well watered.
Our little orchard has Almonds, Apricots, Nectarines, Plums, Figs and Peaches growing at the moment. The only problem is that the birds love these fruit trees about as much as we do. I really do want to share our fruit with the birds, but I just don’t want them to peck and eat into every single piece that is growing. So this is what we have done, we have recycled some plastic bags by tying them onto the branches near the fruit so that they can flap around, creating a noise to keep the birds from eating everything. This I feel is fair, the birds will get to eat some fruit and so will we:)
Our bed of Calendula flowers.
I have been reading about companion planting from the Companion Planting book, this is such a beautiful book, full of advise on the uses of various plants to enhance the growth of certain veggies and keep pests away too.
The Irises are growing inside our enclosed veg garden, they encourage the bees and other insects to come in and work their magic with our veggies. The sides of our veggie garden have openings for insects to enter and leave but birds are kept out, thank goodness. Our garden was open for many years but after numerous crops of spinach being completely stripped we decided to bite the bullet and close it off, it has been so much better since then.
Leeks almost ready for harvest, I did pick a few today and will be making a leek and potato soup tomorrow with them.
Our lemon trees and full of buds and blossoms. I am really determined to try and have a successful growing season this summer, most of the heirloom seeds have been planted and more will go into the ground next week, exciting times ahead!
Joining with Ginny today.