I was poking around the back yard and just discovered that what I thought was several sunflowers in bloom is actually just a single 7-bloom monster, and there are a couple more blooms coming out, assuming I start watering it myself. We've had the wettest spring I can recall since moving here 12 years ago. We might have passed 20 inches since last October-ish, while the 18 months prior to that our neighborhood totaled just 3 inches. Average is around 10-11 inches per year, so this has been nice. My finicky avocado is fruiting in year 2, although it might be best to remove them so it focuses on more growth; the dwarf peach is covered in fruits, if I keep it watered the birds should get a delicious harvest!
I'm not quite a lumberjack, but that's OK, I sleep all night and I dream all day; I'll coppice trees, I'll grow my food, and compost poo and pee! With a well and off-grid solar, it's a permies life for me! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FshU58nI0Ts
I really like watching Youtube’s SelfSuffiecientMe. Sure he hails from Australia and I’m Zone 3 Canada, so you wouldn’t think there was much overlap, but I’m constantly absorbing ideas from his vids all the time.
Heat wave end of june, record temperatures, my small garden still going strong.
First pic, a friend gave me pumpkins he hopes to be edible pepita.
Second pic, fish aren't too happy, the water is warm and then less oxygen can dissolve in it, they're at the surface gasping for breath, i put the pump on.
The third pic is the portal into the plant dimension, once you go through it, you can not and do not wish to return ever.
I saw this photo of the portal, so I wanted to show my portal too. Years ago there was a garden gate made of wood, painted green, which was why I named the place 'Portal Berde' (meaning Green Gate/Portal in Papiamento, the language of Curaçao). The wood didn't last and I wanted to have a real Green Portal of living plants. This is how it looks now. Partly liguster (hedge), partly rose, partly trumpet flower vine.
"Also, just as you want men to do to you, do the same way to them" (Luke 6:31)
These are a few pictures from the garden this summer... The food "forest" is not shown in these...
The soil is decomposed granite which makes wonderful pathways - but doesn't even grow weeds without a lot of help! I used lots of leaves and wood chips and occasional loads of horse manure and bunny poo over the years - but mostly I don't do much now but chop and drop except for the annual veggie area.
I have been working on this place for 12 yrs. but much of it is only a few years old - since I am adding and changing every year. I'm 80 yrs. old and plant it and take care of it myself with no help. My son helped me create some of the hugelmounds (all through the gardens) and the arbors and the pond. Please understand that I am not bragging - I am pointing out that a huge garden can be created that even an elderly woman can care for... well - an elderly woman who happens to really LOVE gardening and loves having a reason to get out of bed and into the garden all year round! Keeps me healthy and limber... but mostly keeps me sane... :-)