Our gorgeous wild primrose (there are several around the property) are blooming! Had to capture this one in the fog this morning. <3
And a quick snap of the moon before we headed inside last night.
We're looking forward to another glorious, busy weekend at the castle. Yay for sunshine!
Hügelkultur [pronounced here in America as "hoogle culture"] is a composting process employing raised planting beds constructed on top of decaying wood debris and other compostable biomass plant materials. The process helps to improve soil fertility, water retention, and soil warming, thus benefiting plants grown on or near such mounds. [Wikipedia]
Although we have wood under the soil in our raised beds, this is our first *real* hugelkultur--and I'm pretty excited about it.
I scattered chia over it first thing to get roots started to help hold the soil in place. Then I transplanted thyme, self heal, and strawberries. A few days later I planted potatoes, cucumbers and watermelon (on either end so they'll have lots of room), and then I scattered purslane and carrot seeds as well.
I'm thankful for the rain this week--we should have pretty good growth starting!
More pics to come!
It's MAY! The weather here in good ol' Southern Missouri is finally cooperating, and I'm in full-on gardening mode! Pretty. Stinkin'. Excited. Bout. That.
Sadly, along with spring comes blinding sunlight on the way in to work and on the way home, so I haven't been drawing as much as I'd like. Evenings are busy with gardening and castle upkeep, and by the time we sit down at night I'm much too tired to draw. It's a good trade-off though. Gardening always wins as the best hobby.
I've been tweaking this floral repeat here and there for a few days now. I already have a couple of versions of this design in my Spoonflower shop, but the shadows and a few other things were bugging me. So I'm probably recreating the entire thing--just for the fun of it.
This week I planted more corn and then added some black beans. I've been researching better ways to ward off pests before it's too late this year. As it turns out, straw mulch should be helpful in that arena, so I'm going to tuck it in around all my plant babies and add some cedar and mint mulch along with it.
Watch out, buggies, your days are numbered!
Mint is one of my absolute favorite things to grow. It's so easy, so pretty, and smells amazing in the breeze.
Both of our snowball bushes are starting to bloom. Hopefully I'll get a good photo of both of them together. Always reminds me of my Gramma. She had three big snowball bushes in her front yard. <3
We saw these at the Baker Creek festival last weekend. :)
This is Jeb (Jebbo, Jebbers, Jebebibah). He's a spunky sweetie who joined our crew about a month ago. His job is to keep briars down to a minimum and fertilize. He's quite adept at both.
I might already have around 50 broccoli plants in the ground. I'm not really sure what we'll do with that much broccoli, but I'm up for the challenge. Dehydrator, get ready!
I also added a new "art installation" in the East Garden. I've had tarps up on the fence to help block wind off of the greenhouse...so I threw together this giant curtain instead. I love it. Needs a few tweaks, and I need to paint a few of the clothespins. I'm liking the black. (Half of them are gold.) <3
Spring | April 2018
Art and photos by Kristi Duggins
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