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Macro Monday #48

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.

Clockwise: Calendula, peas, butternut squash, & courgette
Black currents
Red currents

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!

Foxy escapes again…

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!

11 thoughts on “Macro Monday #48

  1. Here it’s way too hot to enjoy much outdoors. Your flowers look great, but I know what you mean about too much lettuce. I always plant too much, and some of it bolts. I try not to feel too guilty, because it will go into the compost and provide nutrition for another plant someday. I have given some to neighbors, but with so little contact due to the virus, it’s more difficult than usual.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. That’s a positive way to look at it. We’ve had problems with the spinach bolting even though we’ve been eating a lot of it. Luckily our area hasn’t been hit badly by the virus so far and it’s possible to meet friends and neighbors again. I have to say I’m envious of your hot weather! I really miss the heat and will never adjust to inclement Irish summers.

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  2. What a beautiful garden! I just might be experiencing chicken envy! Hopefully by next Spring we’ll have our yard enclosed and a coop and chicken run built.

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    1. That’s exciting! We love having hens. Our system needs tweaking again though. Thinking about getting an electric fence. We have to keep changing the set up so they have enough space to roam but can’t escape into the flower beds or vegetable patch. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. What beautiful flowers you have in your garden and how lucky you are to be growing your own veg! That is my wish – to grow my own veg, we are part the way through making a raised bed from old pallets but we aren’t quite there yet, I’m really looking forward to it, it must be so rewarding to eat your own produce – and home grown tastes so much better too xx

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    1. Thanks, Fiona. We built the raised beds during the lockdown. Good luck with your project. I’m sure you’ll enjoy growing vegetables too! I love seeing my 3 year old pick peas, shell them, and enjoy eating them for dinner. It’s so different from the urban childhood I experienced!

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