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Garden Update: Flowers and Harvesting from Fall and Early Spring Plantings

I’m really starting to enjoy this maturing garden. Even though the yard remains far more than a part time “job,” each year, more and more plants bear fruit, perennials and bulbs take off, and I have greater success with multi-season crops.

This week has been heavy on the garlic, shallots and peas, although I’ve also harvested impressive amounts (for second year plants) of various berries, which we’ve enjoyed in smoothies and our favorite way: over vanilla coconut ice cream!

berries and coconut ice cream

About 1/4 of our garlic, which I planted all over the yard. Imagine my delight in finding the largest bulbs grew in a former black walnut area where few other things grow!

About 1/4 of our garlic, which I planted all over the yard. Imagine my delight in finding the largest bulbs grew in a former black walnut area where few other things grow!

Don't forget the garlic scapes, bursting with flavor in curries, Italian dishes and stirfries.

Don’t forget the garlic scapes, bursting with flavor in curries, Italian dishes and stirfries.

peas, parsley, chard and lacinato kale

peas, parsley, chard and lacinato kale

Back to the garden:

Our cardoon (related to artichoke) is getting ready to put on a show for the bees and butterflies!

Our cardoon (related to artichoke) is getting ready to put on a show for the bees and butterflies!

The season's first morning glory.

The season’s first morning glory.

The Garden Tower continues to wow visitors and produce a lot of food and flowers.

The Garden Tower continues to wow visitors and produce a lot of food and flowers.

Robinhood roses out front are very popular with the bees.

Robinhood roses out front are very popular with the bees.

Last year's sedum groundcover has finally begun to cover ground ... and to bloom.

Last year’s sedum groundcover has finally begun to cover ground … and to bloom.

Lilies, hollyhocks and wild strawberries going to town in the black walnut area so well favored by the garlic. I also have Garden Giant mushroom spawn there, so I wonder if that has anything to do with these extra happy plants.

Lilies, hollyhocks and wild strawberries going to town in the black walnut area so well favored by the garlic. I also have Garden Giant mushroom spawn there, so I wonder if that has anything to do with these extra happy plants.

Lilies, Veronica, sea kale, chard, dwarf Korean lilac, black eyed Susan's and more in the curving paths and beds up front.

Lilies, Veronica, sea kale, chard, dwarf Korean lilac, black eyed Susan’s and more in the curving paths and beds up front.

Yesterday marked the arrival of more (yes, more!) hazelnut trees, blueberry bushes and a butterfly bush, along with a huge wheelbarrow full of my friend Kimber’s awesome soil from an area she needed dug out. Note to self: a cart full of rich soil sounds much easier to pull for a mile than it is. Never. Again. But the hazels will appreciate a better start. Our yard’s becoming like one of those clown cars: just how many trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs and annuals can I fit? Oh, you’d be surprised. I hear a witch hazel calling my name. Winter blooming, juglone (black walnut) tolerant, and medicinal? Check, check, check. And a good dowser, to boot!

I hope you enjoy the abundance and beauty, and please know that not every garden project needs to be this extensive. I feel called to regenerate this land, and each tree planted feels like a dear friend. Each flower that blooms makes me smile, and each just picked meal gives our bodies such wonderful nourishment and taste bud delight. If you can’t ever imagine planting or harvesting this many things, that’s OK. Maybe you’re not called to do so, but do plant something. Your heart and your planet will thank you!