Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Okay, so what have I done?

Since September, I've done exactly nothing on my garden.

I've been inside a lot, dealing with stuff and writing books. But what I would like to do is to collect up and put the 400+ pages of information from the Edible Landscape Design site into a format which will be helpful to you.

This will probably be in the form of free and paid courses, as I enjoy teaching as much as I do writing fiction. But if you have something else in mind, please feel free to comment below. :)

Patty

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Changes

You might notice if you've been following me that the domain name has changed!

After eight years I've decided to close Edible Landscape Design, and this blog will take up the slack. It'll be much less cost and trouble, and those of you who have bought courses from me will still have somewhere to visit.

I'm looking forward to the future.

Patty

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Spring is here early this year

Today is warm and sunny, so I thought I might show off my front yard gardens.

Spring seems to have come early this year. We have had a very mild, dry winter, although it did rain a few days ago.


Lots of plants have arrived ...



... and a few never left!

Rosemary

Parsley

Red mustard

Red kale

"Peacock" kale

Strawberry plant

All these plants are edible.

I hope you've enjoyed the walk through my garden! How is your garden doing?

Monday, December 21, 2015

My December garden

We've had a bit of wet and frosty weather lately here in central Oklahoma (US) but this morning is beautiful and I wanted to show some photos of the garden.

One of the things I did over the summer was to block off an area around my Bradford pear to create a partial shade garden. I've scattered quite a few different sorts of seeds here and the parsley seems to be loving it here.


Parsley makes a nice ground cover, although some people think it looks a bit weedy when it flowers. But all parts are edible, and the flower stalks are easy enough to remove if you decide you don't like the look of them. The flowers make a nice addition to floral arrangements.

On the other side of the yard, over by my front porch pond's waterfall, the mint is still going strong after two hard freezes:






Over in the bottom left is garlic, which stays green here all winter, even under snow.

The kale is having a great time through all this, and is one of the highlights of the front garden right now!







I love these colorful kale plants. They're really tasty too!

If you notice, there's a bit of lettuce starting up in that last photo.

Here are some other salad greens starting up too.


I scattered the same seeds all over both of these garden plots, and it's interesting to see where certain ones like to grow. For some reason, arugula likes the area by the rose bush and red yuccas, in the front of the garage. It's still blooming!


I wanted to also tell you some good news: I got an avocado seed to sprout! I have been trying to get one to sprout for several years now, so I'm really excited about this.






I'm pretty sure this wouldn't survive the winter outdoors, but so far it's a beautiful container plant! I plan to re-pot it and put it in the garage with my banana and pineapple plants to overwinter.

What's in the plans for next year? I'd like to do some cover cropping with clover in the front garden plots, and do more plantings in the back yard along the chain link fence. I have quite a bit of corn seed, and it might make a nice privacy screen for the summer. I also have some amaranth I'd like to plant and see how it does here.

How's your garden? You can share your photos here!


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Our November ice storm

Well, we had an ice storm overnight (which is fairly unusual for November), and I wanted to show you my yard before it melted.










Hope all of you are having a great weekend!

Monday, August 31, 2015

My August garden

Well, here's my August garden!

It's been unusually wet this summer. The nice thing about that is that everything is growing well (unfortunately, including the weeds!)

I've been working my way through the weeds, though, and I will defeat them!!



I harvested a lot of garlic so far this year, as in a huge bowl of cloves and a huge Rubbermaid canister of bulblets.

The garlic I use on a daily basis fresh, and I dry and grind it for garlic powder. The bulblets are good in winter to use fresh or to ward off colds.

I also toss them around on rainy days to grow more -- the leaves stay green all winter here and are great in salads

We've also given some away to my daughter's boyfriend's family.

I love garlic, and I'm always planting new varieties as I find them.



The mint ...  most of it I dry to use for tea in winter.

I also dry stevia leaves to mix in and it makes a great combination.

During the summer, we make mojitos and use the mint that way too. :)

I'm really happy that I put the mint back there behind the pond.

It's trying, of course, to take over the world (as mint does) but there's not too many places it can go, and it keeps the weeds down, so it's a win-win situation.

I'm a recovering seed hoarder.

This year, I took as many of my old seeds as possible and threw them all over my front garden. I have to admit I had a lot of them.

Several squash came up, and the flowers are really pretty in with my pink, red, and purple color scheme.











The vines make a nice ground cover, and it looks like a few squash may be forming!

I'm looking forward to see which of the many varieties I tossed out there ended up growing.

Some beans are coming up too, which will be nice for a fall harvest.

How's your August garden been? You can share it today if you like!


Monday, June 29, 2015

My June garden

Since we're doing a Four Season Garden contest, I've been showing off my edible garden every month, and I figured I better post June's entry before June got away from me altogether!

June has been mostly hot and humid after all the rain in May, although we did get some rain earlier in the month. My front walk looks quite lush these days, although the whole yard needs a bit of weeding.


The daylilies around the weeping mulberry (aka the "crazy tree") are in bloom, and the kale are doing quite well also.


As you go back towards the house, you see some volunteer kale from the seeds left earlier in the year! I'm really happy about this, because it tells me I'm on the right track here. I would love for my edible plants to naturalize in this garden plot.


My lavender, which had been struggling with all the dampness, is doing much better now that I propped its branches up away from the ground and pulled out all the wet leaves underneath it.



So that's my June garden! If you'd like to share yours, you have today and tomorrow to do so. Just click here to enter!