My gardens are full of excitement at the moment and it was a real joy to get out and muddy this morning. 🙂 However, I’ve been having some identification problems.
The front garden is destined to become a perennial food forest with fruit trees and all manner of perennial fruits and flowers (bee fodder) and slowly it’s heading that way. I like things that self sow, grow easily, nutrient dense and that will all grow well together and so I’ve been doing what I call the mad fairy seed dance around the garden. It involves taking whatever seed I intend to let run wild and dancing around the garden like a demented marionette in the hands of a drunk lunatic throwing seed left right and centre. It’s rather amusing although likely scares the neighbours somewhat. I know they already think I’m crazy but this is a whole new level. 😉
Anyway, I’ve been looking at 2 garden beds in particular that appear to be full of grass. It looks like it needs a heavy-duty weeding session but something inside me has warned me not to do so but I could not figure out why. Today I sat down and gave them a partial weed, pulling out those plants I could easily identify as grass that was not welcome. However the remaining grassy stems I left, greatly puzzled as to what they were.
I finally figured it out. FoodnStuff should pick this one I think. If not, here’s a hint. “My fluffy bits are bigger than your fluffy bits!” Got it yet? 😉
It’s a rather pretty plant, tall grass-like leaves (edible) and pretty purple flowers that turn into massive fluffy seed heads. Grows wild and is usually harvested for its roots. Yep, Salsify! It is EVERYWHERE so I guess I’d better start researching recipes! 😀 I am so glad my mad fairy dances are working. 😉
I built a rather long hugel bed the other weed and buried it all about 6 inches deep in pondweed and rotting manure. I took a chance and planted out into it the other day and so far everything is thriving. I guess it’s the equivalent to me being planted in raw, organic, fair trade chocolate or some such. 😛 There are bulbs coming up, plants with their flowers still going strong and everything looks as happy as that pig in, well, manure! I guess they are after all. 😉 I repotted my rather pathetic water chestnut corms too. From reading I’ve since done, the crop was tiny due to a too small pot. I’ve separated the 9 corms into 9 much larger pots, put them in good potting mix and topped them off with pebbles (to hold the soil in place) and into the pond they’ve gone. As much as I read you store them in the fridge over winter until you’re ready to plant again I figure in the wild they’d stay immersed in the mud until spring so no refrigeration here.
I saw several tadpoles in the pond too, all just starting to grow their back legs in. Boatmen, midges and several large water snails went about their business as I submerged pots. It’s great to see such life in the pond. Fish once again come spring though. I miss my fish.
Garlic and onions are popping up their sprouting leaves, broad beans and turnips are waving at the sun. Even my frost sensitive Mangle wurzel keeps keeping on and the frosts haven’t slowed my passionfruit in the slightest so I have hopes of its survival now. Still, too early to count those chickens. 😉
I just adore gardening in autumn. So much life and so few concerns. No worries about frosts killing things as they’re all frost-hardy, and aside from watching to make sure we get enough rain (Thursday nights deluge saw that we do), there is so little to do. Leaves for composting, the grass is growing again and that means mowing for more composting supplies. Eggs are back in season here with up to 6 (including 2 duck eggs) a day and the weather is also helping the breakdown of the straw and manure too. Bulbs are coming up which means soon lots of delicious erlicheer jonquils and some daffodils to smile about and Ignisa is burning away merrily each night where we cook on her heat too which keeps those electric bills down. The solar hot water and the water jacket on the back of the fire mean guaranteed hot water one way or the other and once again all is verdant green.
What is happening in your garden?