Posted by: oceannah | May 29, 2013

Garden Update



Beautiful Irises are filling the beds up…a bit too much. Must make a note to divide them this fall.




Cruciferous row

cabbage to the left, broccoli to the right here I am stuck in the middle with hay. This year we are using a high protien hay mulch in the ongoing effort to keep weeds down and improve soil tilth.

organic salad greens

Finally time to stop buying those rather lame boxed salad mixes…HOORAY!

winter cutting lettuce

more tasty cut and come again lettuce

kale organic

the kale (winterbore here) is coming along great! There’s also a long row of lancianto on the next row

asparagus stalks

What would spring pics of the garden be without asparagus? Ours is still a bit tentative with the erratic weather…two days ago we had a pretty hard frost, and today up to 80’s!

red romaine

These are planted tight. I’ll harvest one small and let the other come on to full size.

There’s more to share but time I just got a message that the connection to server was lost and this message will vanish when re-connecting.ย  I’ll give it a go and hope for the best…computer has been squirrely all morning.











  1. this is probably a really stupid question, but what do you do with the straw in the fall

    • LouAnn there are no stupid questions except the ones that go un-asked ๐Ÿ˜‰
      The hay will break down as the season progresses and become part of the soil. This will improve the soil structure and nutrient profile. Using mulch is a way to keep the chore of weeding to a minimum and if done with organic matter also improves soil for the long haul…win/win ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you – I was hoping it would be something like that ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Nice and simple…

  2. It’s great to see your garden coming alive! Isn’t it exciting? We just sit outside and look at it every evening. My amaranth reseeded from last year and it’s popping up everywhere I am watering! Yikes. It’s all a mystery and glorious.

    • It IS exciting Kaye ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the alchemy of a garden.
      Amaranth is notorious for self seeding…think of all those lovely heads feeding the local bird population.
      I got some posts from your new web site and I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ But since those first three came out I haven’t had another…not sure if it’s a glitch or if you are not posting as much; I surely am posting less these days by necessity.

  3. Well Darlin’, it’s looking mighty fine from this end… Did you say that’s hay mulch you’re using? Or straw? You probably know where I’m going; )

    • Hay hey, my my…

  4. very beautiful irises, our garden is starting to take shape too! will post some pics soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oh Shannon I can’t wait to see your pictures of the garden ๐Ÿ™‚

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