This past week brought blustery cold winds to the County and all Southern Ontario – lots of downed trees, fallen branches, rain, snow flurries and power outages. We were fortunate to escape wind damage or flooding even with the sump pump out of action for a few hours at the height of Wednesday night’s storm. That said, bulbs continued to push up outside, and seeds started to sprout inside. Here are my Six on Saturday, with a tip of my Tilly to The Propagator for this theme.
I know – the title of this post is a stretch – but I do love a catchy tautogram!
I’m always jealous of gardeners who can maintain a perfectly weed and disease free veggie bed beyond the end of June. You’ve seen pictures of them in glossy magazines (paper or virtual…) – lovely potagers or kitchen gardens, colourful, bountiful and beautiful. Something most of us, I suspect, fail to achieve beyond mid summer.
While at the Landscape Ontario trade show last week I spotted this raised bed. Raised beds aren’t new, I know, but it caught my eye because its shape is sophisticated yet it’s being used to grow edibles. If the walls here were made with natural stone instead of the more affordable decorative concrete block, this would be at home in a backyard in the toniest neighbourhood in town. If this was my raised bed, I’d likely have added Nasturtiums for colour (still edible though) and to soften the edges – but that would change the whole look, wouldn’t it? More to the point, a veggie bed like this just begs to be regularly weeded, harvested, watered, pinched back – all the things that can often get overlooked or ‘put off ’til tomorrow’ when the plants are far below eye level.
Kudos to the students at the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture for building this, demonstrating that ‘formal’ can also be useful – and for bringing your mini Monarch house to the show.