This was a busy week in the garden for me – I had three things I wanted to do, and I got them all done. 🙂
- Rip off the dead vine (thanks, Mr. Gopher) and the weed vines that grow behind the old pink rosebush on our North fence. (Filled a green-bin)
- Prepare soil for sweet peas and plant them.
- Prepare soil for snap peas and plant them. (Includes relocating quite a lot of ice-plant, and setting up some strings for them to run). This was urgent, I had 3″ high seedlings and they needed to get in the ground NOW.
This is a picture-with-rambling post… 😀
At the top you see what will be the star of our winter garden – kale and chard. I know that chard doesn’t just put up with my awful soil, somehow it loves it here. I’m going to assume that kale, being a relative, will feel the same way. Prepping a space for that winter garden (which will include a deeply dug, carefully fluffed bit of soil for beets and carrots) is next week’s project.
Top left: A sweet-pea start. I also planted pre-soaked seeds, and lots of them. Sweet peas don’t do well historically, so I’m hedging my bets.
Top right: The hill – looks a little different than last time, right? New plantings are the ice plant which was relocated from the snap pea bed.
Middle left: Sad kiwi vines. I dug them up, heavily amended the soil, put them back in and barely covered their roots, and increased their water (they like rich soil and drainage – oops). So, they haven’t died, and there is some new growth. But for a vine that’s supposed to out-grow a grape? They’re not happy. 😦
Middle right: The passionfruit vine on the other hand, grows about 8″/day. VERY happy. I’ll be nomming passionfruit this time next year.
Lower left: Sad dill plant. Our soil SUCKS. This was somewhat amended before I planted in the dill… but all I could get was a 2′ tall plant. Dill, in my climate, should be 4′. This lil dude gave its all – but it’s done. Well enough, soil gets better the more you work it.
Lower right: Snap pea bed. I put them under the wisteria – the wisteria will go dormant soon, and won’t bloom out until long after the peas should be history. Why not use the space?
We’re going to start working on the front yard soon, but we’ll be temporarily uglifying it to kill some sedge that has invaded… everything. If it’s not a tree or a thoroughly established rosebush, it’s going buh-bye. /sadface
I’m enjoying having a real backyard.