This is the southeast “quadrant of the wheel. There’s the little banana pepper plant on the right, and a tomato plant just to the left. The low flowering plant is an ornamental oregano, and its flowers look like hops. It’s a really beautiful plant, and the flowers hold up well when picked. I might dry some this year to see what they look like. G. carved the “Namaste” into that piece of wood that she got from somewhere and it was a perfect addition to the garden:
They have the most wonderful scent, and I can catch their perfume all over the yard when the breeze is right. I’m hoping they will expand and “naturalize” a little throughout the pergola garden.
This is our tomato jungle. Every year, we start a ton of seeds indoors, usually in January. I nurture them and baby them, and talk to them till they’re ready to plant outside. We space them accordingly, and stake or cage them up, and they look so tiny.
And then, something happens. No matter how far we space them, they always end up looking like a jungle. These particular tomatoes are Brandywines, one of my favorite heirloom varieties.
If you carefully “dig in” to the jungle, you can see that the plants are FULL of lovely green Brandywine tomatoes. They take a while to ripen, but I’m hoping I’ll start seeing some red in the jungle in a week or so…
I never ate, grew, or even knew much about chard till I met G, but now it is one of my favorite garden staples. It’s easy to grow, it’s beautiful, it tastes like spinach only a bit more hardy. It holds up under the heat, and it will grow in the early spring and later fall coolness. What a great plant! And if you cut just enough for what you need, it comes back again and again.
We don’t just have veggies in and around the veggie garden. We also love our flowers. This year, we planted tons of zinnia seeds in and around our plumbago, which is coming back for a 2nd year, and has spread out nicely. I was looking for a ground cover that had nice flowers (plumbago is a deep blue), and would help crowd out the weeds. I think I scored a it on this one, plus the leaves turn a lovely maroon color in the fall.
We only planted 2 rows of corn this year, mainly to gather the pollen to use for shamanic work (corn pollen is sacred to the Native Americans of the Southwest). But I love the sight of it (now taller than me), and it has brought back the mason bees to the garden, which are less aggressive than honey bees and are wonderful pollinators. G. also put up a mason bee house for me this spring, and I hope the bees will find it and put it to good use.
These are our little patio cherry tomatoes in pots. This plant is about as tall as I am, and the variety is called “Sweet Million”. As you can see, we’ll be getting quite a few off just this one plant alone!
The tomato plant below is another volunteer. We never planted it or even thought about it. Somehow, it wound up in the little bed next to the chammomile and the irises.
It’s a yellow pear variety, one that we planted on purpose two seasons back, but since then has volunteered happily with no effort on our part. I can’t wait till these little jewels start to ripen. They turn a lovely gold color and they are perfct in salads or just warm off the vine!
Well, that’s about it for this post. I love giving virtual “tours” of our yard and garden, and if you just happen to be in or around Pueblo, let me know and you’re welcome to take home all the fresh produce you can pick. It’s our joy to grow and share this bounty with anyone who wants it.
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All the best,