My garden is bursting to life and I’m bursting with excitement to see everything sprouting and flowering and getting greener by the day. I can’t help but fast forward in my mind to five or ten years down the road when thing will have matured and filled in a lot more. We’re still experiencing a lot of temperature fluctuations, but the garden gears have started turning and there’s no stopping them now. Here are some pictures of all the action.
Wild strawberry — these are great since they produce all summer long and actively spread to provide an edible ground cover.
Japanese maple — These leaves will soon turn green, then red again in the fall. This tree is purely decorative (as far as I know), so it doesn’t tic many boxes in terms of forest garden utility. But we received it from my father-in-law, so it’s got some sentimental value, too.
Borage — I’m new to the notion of eating flowers, but these are pretty tasty, and if you can get past the hairiness of the leaves they aren’t half bad either. It’s also a dynamic accumulator, if I recall. I don’t know if Borage is technically a perennial plant or not, but this one survived the winter and it’s going crazy.
Peach — These flowers are the star of the garden right now. They are vibrant pink and have been blossoming for about two weeks now. That’ll have to do for now since I think it’ll be a few years before we’re actually getting any fruit.
Sea Buckthorn — Aptly named, it produces little orange berries that are full of Vitamin C and are notoriously painful to harvest. It also fixes nitrogen. These plants were only about a foot tall when I put them in the ground last spring, and now there pushing six feet.
Gumi — Another fast-growing nitrogen fixer that should be producing lots of tart little berries in a couple of weeks.
Pear — Now that I’ve finally stopped moving this thing around the yard it’s getting more established, but I don’t expect any fruit for a few more years.
Comfrey — The mother of all dynamic accumulators, with a bee. I grew several of these from seed last spring. You can chop them several time a summer and use their leaves as compost.
Cattails — These are rapidly expanding, but hopefully they’ll stay contained in the ‘pond’ and I won’t have to take evasive measures to prevent them from creeping too far into the garden proper.
The home centers are starting to sell seedlings, but I’ll probably wait a few more weeks before I plant any vegetables…if I can be patient enough. We’ll see how warm it gets. Lot’s of slug hunting to keep me busy in the meantime.