My garden like many others gardens is going crazy at the moment
This is a comparison from a couple of months ago
And now from a similar place....my favourite place....working buried amongst my flowers.
And here before - near the side of the house
And now .... the pumpkins and butternut are taking over, the zuchinnis are kicking in and cosmos, poppies and rambling sweetpeas are welcoming splashes of colour
Coming around the back again and looking from my vege patch, the yellow daises have really dominated, but for my first year garden they have been a real help in establishing my garden fast.
And to think this area was bare ground only a few months ago.
Next year I plan on adding more height to the border once a windbreak has been planted (hollyhocks, artichokes etc)
And those daisies will definately be reduced, but for now I'll let them be.
Here is a picture from the middle of the vege patch with my flower garden that continues on to the left.
So far I have created 7 vegetable beds the eighth with the help of Mike, using the no dig method, which uses layers of newspaper, manure, and hay...and so far the competition against the weeds has only been a problem on the paths, and the need for watering is almost nil. This is all part of our plan to garden using the methods of permaculture..... and the results are speaking for themselves.
Our Gherkin glut, after a week away from the garden.
And my carrot thinnings.....looking pretty good, considering they have been grown in clay and we haven't dug the ground at all
As for my areas where I haven't mulched, the ground is cracking wide open and that damn kikuya! is creeping in.
But even though the garden is looking good, I AM surrounded by a large expanse of weeds that I am yet to tame, and I may just leave for now....because who knows...some of them are actually growing on me :)