Around the Garden 
I’m finally posting here again. I’m going to work a little backwards posting things from earlier this summer while keeping up with what’s current. I mean to document what experimenting in the garden is for an Architect and Dad who doesn’t have extra time or money.

Shots around the garden August 28th:

I started this garden with the three sisters (corn, beans, & squash). I then added tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melon, and flowers to attract the bees. With a couple of exceptions most of these shots are in our new section of garden formerly a gravel parking area.

Corn Smut: known in Mexico as huitlacoche; it is eaten, usually as a filling, in quesadillas and other tortilla-based foods, and soups. This happens in my garden on its own every year to a couple ears. I haven’t tried to harvest and eat yet. It’s kinka creapy looking.

Pride of Wisconsin Melon. It’s hanging onto the sunflower stalk. I’m not sure it’ll hang on growing vertical like this.

Bees love the mint flowers. The mint has been growing with the strawberries for 4 or 5 years. I guess they like each other.

A few strawberry plants have decided to fruit again. It was warm very early this year so maybe this has to do with the length of the season. Our raspberry bush gave us fruit twice last year but not this year.

Pokeweed berry clusters. These just appeared in my yard a few years ago. They’re really beautiful plants and the birds love the ripe berries. They are poisonous to mammals if not cooked properly. The berries were used by native peoples in small quantities for purging and the juice can be used to dye or write. The U.S. Constitution was written with Pokeweed Ink.

Some Daisies! These guys poked up where there were other flowering perennials earlier in season.

Zucchini Squash…one of the three sisters growing in this area (Corn, Beans, Squash). The same a few days later.

Cherry Tomatoes and Cucumbers growing with the three sisters too. We’re getting a dozen or more of the tomatos a day lately.

Finally the bell peppers are coming. I started this section of the garden late this year.

I started this Comfrey with roots this year mostly to feed to our chickens but also for its healing properties which we’ve yet to explore.

Beans growing up the corn stalk...Lima Beans growing up a trellis.

The basil loves to grow in containers.

Blue Morning Glory, compliments of the compost I bought this year.

My photographer turns the I-phone on himself.

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