|I'm growing to love lavender hyssop|
But I enjoy gardening, and from a sustainability standpoint, I think that knowing how to grow our own food is a pretty important skill. In fact, our population (as a species) probably didn't grow much at all until we began growing food, instead of running all over the earth chasing food.
|Goldenrod isn't blooming yet, so this|
Goldenrod Soldier Beetle (a predator of garden pests)
is just hanging out on my parsley instead
Grackles, on the other hand, have destroyed 2 plantings of carrots and my first planting of sunflowers. Stay tuned.
As I mentioned at the beginning of the growing season, little Hank's level of insanity and tendency to run off with little to no warning was a cue to me that I needed to garden differently this year. There'd be little time to tinker about with individual specimen plants, in other words. This summer, almost half of the garden is under some cover crop or another, which both cuts my food production and my workload in half. That's okay for the time being.
|Spilomiya hoverfly on lavender hyssop|
I am experimenting with gravity-fed irrigation, which I'll be blogging about soon, and I've thrown a couple new species of plants in the mix as well. The spring's warm, dry temperatures brought early blooms all around. I wasted a lot of lettuce that bolted during March's 90 degree days. Now my potatoes are blooming! In early June! Peppers and tomatoes are already following suit - hopefully it's a long productive season.
Here's a bit of a chronosequence on the garden's progress this spring, starting from the most recent photo.
|Circa February 1st|
You see? There's always hope!