What a weekend! I did a flying trip to Fredericksburg to see my cousin and her husband. They are in the midst of illness and crisis and putting one foot in front of another. I was able to visit and cook a couple meals for them and their son, daughter-in-law, grandson, and a friend who were there Saturday when I was. I stayed over and came home Sunday.
Last week’s garden–I ripped out the basil and a bunch of the zinnias as they were not fit for bouquets–seedy and spotted.
Labor Day was a garden day for me. There was weeding in the new AFAC plot. The covers over the broccoli, cauliflower and kale needed weeding inside, so I did that. I fixed the borders for the small AFAC plot that had been taken out by the bus accident, and asked my gardening neighbor, Mike, whether he would hoe up the small garden and add compost. He said yes! It’s so good to have help.
Last weekend, I built an unstable wall between the mulch pile and the new AFAC garden.
I worked in my own garden, where I had some carrots, a zucchini and an okra pod as well as some flowers.
And some red peppers along with the zucchini and okra and carrots. Also, likely the last good bouquet of the summer!
I ripped out most of the zinnias. It was sad, but I was merciless. I have them for bouquets for the house and to feed the pollinators. I felt a bit guilty pulling some out, but there are still a lot of other flowers in the garden, so I didn’t feel too bad about the bees and butterflies.
This is the garden now, with the zinnias gone, except for the ones I trimmed, and the fall plantings under rabbit proof covers.
I planted a few things–more arugula, some rapini, some lettuces. I hope to keep the garden going into fall. The rabbits (one of which I chased today) are just awful, so I have created rabbit proof shelters for much of what I planted. I know they don’t bother the arugula; the rapini sprouts, which are not under cover, may be subject to their depredations. We’ll see.
Once the okra gets good sized, the rabbits don’t bother it. Looks like I’ll have more pods this week!
I’m looking forward to peas this fall. They are planted in what I normally call the bean enclosure–safe from rabbits and voles. We’ll see how they do. So far, so good.
Yay for the peas! And some resurgent mint at the edges. Actually have a pasta recipe that calls for both.
The okra is happy again, with a bit of water. I only have two pods so far this week, but it looks as though there will be more, and I’ll just add them to a zucchini saute.
These are my kale, cauliflower, and broccoli plants, under protective custody…
If you pray, meditate, send good thoughts out to the universe–please add my cousin Allison and her husband, Bob. She’s in a fight for her life after treatment for a brain tumor and he’s doing all he can to help day to day and advocate for her with medical personnel. The treatments knocked out her blood system and red blood cell production. We’re hoping for recovery from the treatment and some good time for her.
This is the new AFAC plot, with the small plot in the background. I fixed the small plot’s border today.
I hope you have a good week!