Thursday, August 22, 2013

Quest for coleworts

Here are leaves of collard (top) and Portuguese kale Note not only the size difference but also the leaf shape

Also here are the whole plants, in their beds

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


Here is Elizabeth lovell's espalier end fruit trees.

This is a technique for fruit trees that is well suited to narrow places.

Saturday, August 17, 2013


Although unknown to medieval Europe, there are some nice specimen of azaleas on my property, my parents house has a great deal of them as well so there's a bit of nostalgia in it for me.

But this is not the time of year for them to be flowering, yet here it is

Wild things

There are some interesting things growing wild in the woods

A flower

Hickory nuts

Today's harvest

Tomatoes, potatoes, greenbeans. All new world crops. The leaves are collard and Portuguese kale, which seems to me to be quite close to coleworts

Friday, August 16, 2013


From what I've read the best time to cut back your pollard is late winter early spring. Here is the results after last years pruning. One from far away showing the overall form of the tree, and one close in showing the pollard head forming

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Sweet smelling wild cucumber in flower

And here are the fruits. Spongy inside, juicy but quite bitter

Monday, August 5, 2013


The wet sprocket

Found this fat guy under the beans

Getting better

The beets got eaten, and carrot leaf too. I'm hoping with less weeds in which to hide, the varmint will stay away

The coleworts have recovered, and the black radish are doing well

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Away to war

The garden has grown, overly weedy
The dill long bloomed and got all seedy
Tansy tall and golden flowered
In the shade of trees embowered

The peas have passed, the beets are buried
There's much to do, yet not so hurried