April 17th, 2011


I planted beans and jacks (ok, pumpkins)

Today was a lovely day to work in the garden. I cleared out one of the 4x8 foot raised beds of last year's detritus and put in pole beans, bush beans, and pumpkins. Collapse )

While we were working in the back yard, we put Scout and Berry inside of the west-side garden fencing and let them graze the weeds and grass in- and around the three raised beds on that side. The fence is in two pieces (west and east), so I worked quite happily on my side without goats under foot, but I was close enough to keep them content that "mom" was nearby.

I wasn't quite done getting the gardening urge out of my system after the beans, so once we cleaned up the backyard and put the goats away, I found a little bit more to do. I put in a few strips of lilliput zinnias in the front octagon. The octagon is a history in random, so this is just continuing the tradition. Right now, it has two self-started wild roses that are now something like eight years old that are starting to leaf out, five big blots of daffodils (the biggest of which takes up about six feet long swath, and two of which are only now just starting to bloom while everything else is already dying back for the year). There are plenty of other randoms in the octagon too: one hollyhock (currently growing nicely), one ... thing whose name I can't remember that puts up beautiful blue flowers (but that I haven't seen come back up yet), two dwarf bleeding hearts (currently blooming), the remants of gone-wild and ignored black-eyed susans (just resprouting), the remnants of some monarda that we put in six years ago (just resprouting), some violets that no one invited but no one minds, and a long line of iris from my mother that no longer bloom because there isn't enough sun along that section anymore and they are too crowded. Oh, and there are a lot of bushy yellow weed-things that are pretty and the butterflies like (just resprouting). So of course I put in some zinnias that may or may not grow, or bloom, but why not?