Garden Update ~ Fall Beauty and Student Grounding

Thankfully, the full yard garden has matured enough that it has largely self-maintained as I’ve spent most of my time and energy in recent weeks plotting out the new yard and hauling furniture up, down and around the blue house. I’ve harvested loads of produce, some of which made its way into homemade pickles, pineapple sage tea, triple mint tea, and massaged kale and tomato salad salad for Saturday and Sunday’s classes, but mostly, I’ve focused on constructing and filling new raised beds for next door, and laying out cardboard, compost and wood mulch in preparation for bulbs, trees, shrubs and spring planted asparagus.

Even with a giant pile of compost out front (actually a quarter the original size and the second of two deliveries) …

compost

… the gardens managed to ground and delight students during class breaks this weekend. Here are some of the sights, minus the sounds and the rascally squirrels climbing sunflower stalks to munch on seeds, and the butterflies sipping on zinnias and other flowers:

front yard walkway from sidewalk

front yard walkway from sidewalk

front yard garden with chard, eggplants, collards, thyme, lemon balm and more

front yard garden with chard, eggplants, collards, thyme, lemon balm and more

heavily harvested kale still growing strong with five more green striped cushaw squashes after the two 40 pounder donations to the soup kitchen, collards, nasturtiums, beans, cantaloupe, peppers, asparagus, sweet potatoes and more

heavily harvested kale still growing strong with five more green striped cushaw squashes after the two 40 pounder donations to the soup kitchen, collards, nasturtiums, beans, cantaloupe, peppers, asparagus, sweet potatoes and more

flowers abound

flowers abound

nasturtiums and watermelon acted as a great groundcover this year.

nasturtiums and watermelon acted as a great groundcover this year.

more flowers!

more flowers!

three newly assembled and filled "industrial chic" raised beds, which tie in the color our our house's siding and oddly enough make the factory across the street look kind of cool.

three newly assembled and filled “industrial chic” raised beds, which tie in the color our our house’s siding and oddly enough make the factory across the street look kind of cool.

Horseshoe shaped asparagus bed that will provide privacy three seasons of the year, plus the beginnings of an herb spiral:

asparagus

People have stopped joking and actually seriously realize that I’m making my way down the street. That caved in garage may not be long for this world. One of the landlord’s helpers has a sneaky plan to get it fixed, and if that doesn’t work, the Reiki Healing Attunement on that property no doubt will. Plus, I’ve begun feeding those neighbors from the enchanted garden, so you just never know what might awaken and transpire!

Fall asters just began to open this morning. Later this month, they’ll look like a shower of pink as you enter our door, and my, how the bees and butterflies love them!

fall asters

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mitch Mattraw on September 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, so wonderful Laura, all your loving hard work radiates everywhere! Really cool design with the horseshoe asparagus bed. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  2. Thanks and you’re welcome! Can’t wait to see what you do with your new yard!

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  3. Posted by Kieron on September 21, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    I’m in absolute awe of you.

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  4. Aw, thank you, Kieron! (Blushing)

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  5. Your garden has certainly hit its full stride now! That’s why it can now self-maintain, as you put it, for periods of time now. The life force which underlies all creation and life is now humming strongly in your garden, I look forward to watching that life force flow over into the blue house’s garden. One day, the entire block may happily hum with that same life force. Sure hope so!

    Sky

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  6. Thanks, Sky! I always think of you whenever I see the two twin Fairy Tale Pumpkins growing side by side. They’re still very green, but huge! I will post pics of those sometime, too. 🙂 There’s supposedly a city renovation project on our street, but I joke that our landlord and I ARE the renovation project. Not exactly joking …

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  7. Cannot wait to see your twin Fairy Tale pumpkins. I was just wondering about your Fairy Tale pumpkins the other day. I am honored that they make you think of me!

    You and your landlord are indeed the street renovation project on your street!

    Sky

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  8. Update: indeed, less than one year later, that caved in garage got a major makeover. It now has a new roof, new windows, cleared away weeds, and the house has a new roof, windows and front door. It appears the abundance train that results from Reiki Healing Attunements on structures in this neighborhood has now stopped at this neighborhood home. The last home that affected was the blue house, whose perennially impoverished occupants suddenly came into “some unexpected money” in order to purchase a home twice the size — far more appropriate for their large family. I ended up renting that home as Haus Am See — writing office, larger classroom, Wheel of the Year space, and student guest house. It’s so interesting to see the yard(s) from year to year.

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