It was a busy day in the garden. A few weeks ago we planted seeds for the new flower bed. (You can check out pictures of our DIY projects here). Half of them didn’t sprout which was pretty disappointing. We expected to have a lot of nasturtiums from the seeds we collected last year, but only two sprouted. The good news is that tons of them self seeded exactly where we planned to plant them! There are so many seedlings that I’ll need to transplant them somewhere else. In addition to weeding, I also planted out the sunflowers, hollyhocks, and snapdragons. I’ll take photos when they’ve grown a bit more.
Since it’s Macro Monday, I took a few close up images of some of our edible plants this afternoon. Many of the berries are ripe and ready to be picked. So are the peas. In a few days our first courgette will be ready to eat. Today I also discovered the calendula has started to flower. These pretty orange blossoms are edible and have medicinal properties which you can read about here. I may even try the recipe to make my own body balm.
Foxy- an ironic name for sure (especially when you consider our recent mishap with Dove)- keeps escaping the fenced off area for our hens. We named her such because she’s sly and has red feathers. Here she is posing pretty as can be. Let’s hope she has better luck than her friend did if she keeps exerting her independent streak!
The biggest challenge at the moment is to make sure we don’t have food waste. We’ve started giving lettuces away because it’s hard to keep up with the amount of salad we have! The rainbow chard, kale, spinach, and various salads are all ready to be picked. Unfortunately Foxy had helped herself to a huge serving of spinach before I realized she was taking “free range” to the extreme… None of the hens like the lettuce so that’s something to be happy about I suppose. How are your garden projects coming along?
This post is in response to Sunshine’s Macro Monday. There are no prompts. To participate on your blog, simply take a photo of something up close and personal on Monday, tag SMM, and link back to Irene’s blog. Have fun!