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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