I absolutely love the Irises that have bloomed. We are almost finished with our woodland trail. In the wisdom of permaculture, we are making a trail into the “wild” portion of our yard and a small gazebo “observatory” to view nature and learn from it.
Eventually, I would like to have a moongate entrance. We are working on the trail to the greenhouse. Another permaculture principal is to have a frog pond near the gardens to lure in the frogs to help with the insects. We have just finished the infrastructure to our 3 ft. deep frog pond. It currently is holding water pretty well without a liner. A rainstorm filled it up. We plan to put some liriope around it, add some plants, tadpoles and maybe a couple of mosquito fish. We also are hoping for a Japanese pedestal lantern and a stone bench made from a stone we dug up in the basement excavation. Of course, it will also be nice if the grass grows around it. Once the water clears up, we will put in the pump to recirculate the water.
We were able to plant our tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil and carrots during our brief window of dry garden, before it starting raining so much, we had to quit so we wouldn’t compact the soil between the rows. We also were able to put up the permanent cedar trellis poles for our blackberries, grapevines, and raspberries. We had a great crop of lettuce come up as volunteers from last year and we neatly transplanted them to a freshly tilled row right before it rained. Don’t forget to view the updates on “What’s Growing Seasonally”, “Planting Time”, and “Timeline” on the tabs at the top of the page.