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My jungle, my garden

My jungle, my garden

My jungle, my garden

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Image by laura.bell

No more weeding, constant watering, amp heavily and obtaining really little produce from it.

I went against a lot of the guidelines in my garden this year, like the spacing pointers on seed packages? Fuggetabout ’em! I have actually beans planted 2″ apart and they have produced like crazy. I made a hillside & placed inside it loofah, crookneck squash and birdhouse gourd seeds. Crowded, as can be seen in the photo but once more, they are doing great. I have six tomato plants – Mr Stripey, Amish Paste, 2 Mama Leones (due to the fact that I mistakenly broke the original when it was recently planted; in irritability, I stuck it in a hillside of compost wishing it would certainly grow – both components did!), and also two mystery volunteers that are most likely mini yellow pears packed right into this area. There are also four sorts of green beans and the post kinds are refusing to climb up the trellises or posts. Somewhere in there is some late-starting lettuce. There’s Task’s Tears a grass-family decorative whose seeds are utilized in bead-work and also the loofah and the gourds, marigolds and an out-of-control purple sage. Watermelons and potatoes also!
More potatoes than I thought I can ever grow. Taking a stroll in the garden, I need to brush aside leaves and stems to clear safe ground.

You may ask how big my garden is. The size is about 6 feet at its widest point and about 20 feet long. No weeds due to the fact that the soil doesn’t see the light of day, so neither does weed seeds. All the   added compost maintains the soil moist so I don’t need to water almost so much! No pesticides, even natural ones; many thanks to a bumper crop of ladybugs and mantises this spring. I’ll have to see if I can maintain this production up in the winter season.

Some of the other vegetables and fruit not seen are horseradish and carrots growing in different pots just outside the garden, six fruit trees beyond the cherry (Asian pear, peach, apricot, plum, celebrity guava and Meyer lemon), blueberries that will ideally produce a great crop next year, a Thompson grape vine and also a Dr Hurd manzanita which I’ve always wanted and lately found the fruit makes a terrific jelly.


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