First, the vegetable garden. The heirloom corn of several varieties that David got from a friend and planted was laid low by a very strong wind. We went out a few days later and gently pulled them upright, then David painstakingly tied them up with knotted baling twine, supported by a few metal step-in posts. It looks beautiful, and is still growing–rapidly.
In a wet rainy year you can have too much mulch, but this year with its moderate rainfall we lay it on thick. Here are some photos of the vegetable garden I took this morning:
In the pictures above you do see bare, mostly weeded soil, but between rows of vegetables, around the toes of the larger crops, and in the pathways we put down a lot of hay mulch. In the back yard yesterday I used a shovel (some call it a spade) to chop the lawn back a little, then I laid down newspaper (very thick) and covered that with pads of hay mulch. I also used some of the old loose scraps of hay from the haymow to mulch inside the bed. Here is the scrappy hay pile:It has dust and pigeon poop and dust in it–good for soil creation. The stuff I put around the outside on the newspaper is newer hay. Here are some pictures of that:
Here are a few pictures of the riot of color the flowers make in the back yard: echinacea, daylily, monarda, false sunflower, delphinium, larkspur, and yarrow:As usual, I’ll end with a few cat pictures: