This year I decided I mostly just needed a break from the garden! I didn’t want a lot of “fussy” plants that required tons of care or preservation. However, I didn’t want to leave the dirt bare either, because the garden is where I love to sit and relax.
I thought I’d share some of the things that are happening out there right now, along with how I’m employing my mostly hands-off approach this year.
This is year three of our kiwi project and it looks like there are definitely some small fruits developing! I’m hoping we’ll be able to have some this year. In case you’re wondering, the small black stuff surrounding one of the fruits is part of the dying blossom. (I was worried they were aphids and already checked!)
So here’s another way I’m being a lazy gardener this year: I am giving each of my kids their own raised bed. My daughter filled hers with flowers. Awesome – that will look pretty, satisfy the bees, plus I don’t need to worry about harvesting them or anything fancy. My son opted for chamomile, bush beans, and chard in his. So a bit more work, but nothing crazy there.
The tomatoes are growing in spite of my severely inconsistent watering schedule. DOH.
And… this is what happens when you are so lazy you don’t even manage to prune your raspberries. I was shocked to see how loaded these canes are this year! It’s hard to believe these are even growing in a raised bed!
We added a couple gooseberries to containers last year. One of the plants looks nearly dead, but this one is hanging on and putting out a few plump berries. I realized that I have no clue when they are ripe. Anyone know?
Here’s my garden slope as of this moment. As you can tell, there is some pruning and weeding to be done. I can’t be too lazy. If you missed my post from last year, you might be interested to read how I created this slope-y growing space for about $100. It was previously a weedy/grassy nightmare! Proof that sometimes gardening doesn’t have to be expensive or require lots of tools and fancy growing structures.
Incidentally, I have a nice little patch of dandelion that grows at the base of this hill. As I went out to photograph the plants, guess what scurried away?
Not the greatest picture, but you get the idea. We’ve had a number of bunny visitors to our yard this year – and I honestly can’t tell if it’s the same bunny or different ones. Unfortunately, I had another sad incident that involved a nest of baby bunnies in my backyard that I’ll spare you the details of. (For real, I love you guys – but stop having rabbits in my backyard!! I can’t handle the Circle of Life happening under my nose!)
Speaking of visitors, I’ve had a couple more I thought I’d share with you:
We had a nice long dry stretch and then suddenly, it rained over the weekend. In the evening, I went out to the backyard and found the biggest parade of slugs I’ve ever seen! EW! I just went around and scooped them up and threw them away. But, what is it about snails? Snails are SO CUTE. I know they’re just slugs in a shell, but somehow that makes it OK. It’s kind of how we think squirrels are cute, but they’re really just rats with puffy tails. (Think about that for awhile!).
Oh! And this is easily my favorite photo taken last week:
See, I’ve been trying to get a good shot of a hummingbird using our deck feeder. (I’ve been working to figure out my fancy camera!) I finally had a moment where I was standing there with my camera when a hummingbird came! I snapped a bunch of photos, and totally had a laugh when I sat down to edit them and came across this one! Finally, I thought I’d update you on my clematis project. This thing had grown out of the trellis in the pot, so I just strung a wire up to my roof. Um, it’s pretty much covered the wire. Not sure where to string it next. Also, why no blooms??? I’m beginning to wonder if I over-composted this sucker so it’s going to make tons of foliage but not flowers. ARGH. We’ll see.
So that’s my garden. Pretty low key, and I’ve decided to not worry too much about some things not making it this year. Not having a few things turn out amazingly well has got to be the trade-off of my lazy approach, right?
Now it’s your turn: what’s happening in your garden right now? Do you have any goals for this year? Any new, fun things you’re trying? Or like me, are you taking a bit more of a relaxed approach to things this year?