As the sun sets
Tonight, the kids went to sleep a little early, and I had a few quiet moments before sunset to get out in the garden to take a look around. In the soft glowing light of the setting sun, I noticed a few new things “growin’ on” in the garden that I didn’t see before. It really is amazing to see how things change from day to day! So, let me show you around my garden. If you would like to try some of this at home, I’ve left some handy links so you can find seeds and supplies too! AND, here is a video tour of my garden! Enjoy!
Song of Solomon 6:11 ESV: I went down to the nut orchard to look at the blossoms of the valley, to see whether the vines had budded, whether the pomegranates were in bloom.
The garden in pictures
A picture can often say more than words. So, I took lots of them this evening, to show you what is happening in my zone nine garden (Zone 9b actually). In the photo above, a Blue Lake Stringless Garden Bean is
sprouting, along with a Nasturtium Flower. I like to mix my veggies in with different flowers to add visual interest to my garden. I tend to be a non-conformist, experimenting with all kinds of different combinations things. I also like to plant things closer together than most gardeners. I feel like I can get away with it because of the Azomite fertilizer that I use.
Azomite is a volcanic rock dust with loads of raw trace minerals. Most fertilizers can’t compete with this stuff, so this is what I rely on most of the time to feed my plants. There are two basic types of Azomite available for sale, granular and micronized. The micronized Azomite is great for fast absorption by your plants, but you have to be careful not to breathe it in, because the particulate is so fine that it would easily blow away in the wind or right up one’s nostrils! The granular Azomite is a slow release method of fertilizer that is easy to spread and doesn’t have the risk of being blown about by every wind. This is the style I use.
The plants are so well nourished, that with good watering habits, you can get away with planting things closer together. It’s fun to experiment with it!
The newest experiment: Red Norland Seed Potato
About one week ago, I planted a small bag of Red Norland Seed Potato! I planted them in two different spots in my front yard ground plot, and also a few in a large glazed pot. It will be fun to see how these progress over the next few months. Once I see the first shoots come up through the soil, I will post an update with video AND pictures!
A word on “volunteers”
I don’t mean human volunteers; I am talking about the plant kind! Defined, a “volunteer” plant is one that kind of just grew up out of nowhere in a spot on its own. For example, my eighteen month old son Levi busted a pumpkin open on my front patio recently, leaving gazillions of pumpkin seeds everywhere! So, I just swept them randomly into the front garden plot. Now, we have lots and lots of pumpkin volunteers popping up all over the garden. I just love this; although I wish I knew which kind of pumpkin it is. I suppose it will have to be a nameless pumpkin! I can’t wait to see how wild my garden gets when I have pumpkin vines winding through every pathway!