2015 Spring Garden Update

How in the world do people update their blogs daily?  Here at Prosperity Homestead we are busy working with clients, as well as enjoying the garden being productive.  Here's a spring 2015 garden tour.

Why Is It That Some Gardeners Blog More Than They Garden?

I'm neglecting the blog because I'm busy in the garden. Yet, it is necessary to get the word out about permaculture so here is a quick gallery of the Spring garden.

Many of these updates are postmortem. Pictures are taken, I do some more gardening, then I sort everything out later. If I revise this post, then there will be more images.

Below you'll see cabbage and broccoli in the foreground, then a new brush dam in the background (left). This bed is in the side yard within a young food forest.

Greens are doing great, very leafy. Cabbage heads didn't form as strong as expected, however, the eating is good. I'll try brassicas again in the fall.

Many flowers came up this year and mason bees are really keeping busy. I got a great source for shredded untreated mulch that after the rain is a dream.

You'll also see snap peas in the background (upper right). I grow them as a cover crop and to eat the tinder tips. Snap off the peas and tips for stir-fry dishes.

This picture was taken in June, so it's late spring early summer. The reason these greens haven't gone to bolt is because they have the shade of the Eastern Redbud.

Eastern Redbud is a nitrogen fixing tree. An excellent source of shade, fodder, and biomass for a young food forest.

Making Your Garden Good for Small Beneficial Birds (Not Fat Cats)

You'll also notice the holly (right) in the background has a heavy prune around its base. That's to provide habitat for small birds in the canopy and make it difficult for cats to climb.

Every year cats get fat off small birds. Proper management of your shrubbery gives these insect eaters a fighting chance. Birds will perch on the trees with a clear line of sight of growing spaces.

Cats will have no place to hide. It requires more work for the cat to catch those birds, so often the cat wanders elsewhere. Good for birds, bad for cats.

Was your garden as productive as you like? The purpose of this blog is to help you cultivate more growing spaces for useful plants. To help you get greater utility from your land.