I was leary as this garden season progressed. Everything but the weeds seemed to move so slowly, and the lack of nice orderly rows gave me heebie-jeebies galore. But the garden is coming on strong, and has become something of a delight to behold. Production has just truly begun, as the carrots now outpace the peas and cilantro – oh, that crazy productive cilantro! I’ve scattered seeds along the neighboring lot border to allow it to continue in its claim of the land.
New insects appeared this year by the multitudes. Squash vine borer was the most obvious, and my vines were not covered. I identified the entry spots on the main pumpkin vine and applied a plaintain weed poultice at every point after snapping off a few of the leaves and vine branches. Each hole was covered with plaintain poultice. That was a month ago and I’ve not seen more than a few yellowed leaves at the primary site. We’ll see if that was a success.
The plantain grows prolifically in my yard, and I’ve been using it on bites, most recently on a bite that had necrosis (yes, brown recluse spiders are resident here). The bite healed completely. My thought was ‘why not’ when I considered its use on the plants.
Below is a sampling of the beauty and diversity I’ve discovered in the garden this season. I’m making this post my last – as I’ve determined it’s simply time. Time to use my time elsewhere.
Thanks for being along for the ride! This blog will stay live, but no longer active.
No Longer Dreamin’