Vacation and preparation for vacation consumed my attention, as did the pre and post work weeks. Arrival at home was a welcome scene as our cat bounded from lap to lap enjoying the sorely missed human contact.
Then came reality – jungle style. Our lawn and gardens had thrived beyond our imagination during the eight days that we were absent.
Today, finally, I was able to conquer the gardens, spending time placing boundaries and limits on my crop of weeds and tending carefully to the new starts of volunteer beans, tomatoes and flowers.
Established coreopsis has quadrupled with seeds scattered during the fall.
Horsemint, a new introduction, has thrived in the multiple locations it has been placed.
One sweet clover plant was allowed to flourish and it has attained a height of over 6 ft and a spread of at least 4 ft.
Wood ear mushrooms have staked a claim on the rotting log borders in the garden proper.The grape vines have set fruit abundantly, already leaving me guessing at the harvest and sharing season.
Narrow leaf plantain has established at the garden boundary, allowing it to flower and set seed.
Wild mustard, overseeded from the fall, has established in the pollinator garden.
Overall, once the allowed weeds were culled back to an acceptable state, and the volunteer flowers were forced into their proper boundaries, the garden looked quite healthy and tidy – as tidy as a mish-mash of weeds, herbs, flowers, fruits and vegetables might look.
I’m claiming success, although the season is quite early. There are not large productions of any one thing (except grapes), but just enough of this and that to provide for our household.
Better yet, it seems to be sufficient for the large variety of natural critters that have taken up residence.