I’ve been noticing squash blossoms for a week or so now, but this morning is the first chance I’ve had to go out and take pictures. I am delighted to find the first shapes of fruit on many of the plants in our Back to Eden garden.
The great, soaking rains we’ve had recently have also left me with a garden full of mushrooms.
I remember in the Back to Eden documentary, gardener Edith Faak says this regarding woodchips in the garden:
“Don’t mix it with the soil. [Leave it] on top, so it will decompose and it will smell good. You’ll have the mushrooms growing in there, then you know for sure it’s already decomposing in the right way, because that’s the beginning of mulch becoming soil. And the fragrance will let you know you’re doing the right thing.”
I think that mulch becoming soil must be the explanation for why I’m finally seeing carrots that I buried with homemade seed tapes about a month and a half ago!
I’m also starting to see some of the onions popping up through the soil and woodchips.
Our tomato plants have undergone a huge growth spurt, in fact I need to start staking them right away… or I may just get tomato cages. I haven’t decided yet.
I’m really happy to finally see the beginning stages of fruit on my poor, lonely tomatillo plant. I had originally planted four seeds in the garden, and had four seedlings, but birds made off with three of the four and I was left with just one. It seemed to have stunted growth for a while, but then I started adding compost from my compost pile and that seemed to do the trick as far as giving the plant’s growth a much needed boost.
King Zucchini is also beginning to show signs of the fruits that are to come, although they’re much harder to photograph in the huge jumble of stems and leaves.
Our potato plants will probably need some more woodchips, as we don’t yet have as deep a layer as Paul Gautschi has in his garden.
Our young peach tree is struggling to remain upright for all of the fruit on its boughs. I’m guessing most won’t make it to harvest-ready status before falling off the branches, as the tree is still so young, but it seems to have definitely enjoyed the woodchip covering this year.
Here are a few more pictures from the garden. Enjoy!