There is also a rabbit - That Crazy Rabbit - who has a black spot on her face and sits in front of the house staring at us through the windows. Cute, and well...creepy.
And speaking of living among the trees and wild things, I had an amazing experience the other day. While weeding some barrels I planted with a mixture of greens, I heard a chorus of buzzing in the tree canopy above me. When I looked up, there were hundreds of bees. Each of us going about our work, separately, but connected in that moment. Amazing.
|The path to the bees|
I'm in an experimental and make-do mood in the garden this year. I've got patches of this and that planted all around - some things close to the house and others in the main garden and others still in a leveled mound of dirt on the side of the driveway.
|Peas growing along the porch|
|Vietnamese mint on the side of the house|
|Tom Thumb lettuce on the front lawn|
|Potato patch. Intensively planted and heavily mulched with straw|
Last year's wood chip mulch garden became this year's chock-full-of-weeds disaster area, and so a few more raised beds were added just so I could get some seedlings planted in a reasonable amount of time. I also used a different seed starting mix this year - wanting to use what I have or what I could source locally, I mixed equal parts peat moss (still had a big bag from last year), sand from our property, and soil/compost from the garden. It worked great, and I don't think I'll be buying perlite or vermiculite again. It's not a sterile mix, but the weed seeds that germinated were easy to identify and pull, and I'm also wondering if transplanting went a little better this year because the vegetable seedlings were already acclimated to the garden soil.
|Looking into the main garden from across the pond|