Welcome to my "micro farm." Blackberries, flame seedless grapes, and nasturtiums soften the wall and attract pollinators and provide fruit! Only a few blackberries this year, devoured right off the cane and no grapes yet as this is their first year but I couldn't be happier with the nasturtiums.
On the right is my "bird garden". It is not much different from my pollinator garden except that it gets less sun so I had less hope. The only edibles in this area are some dill and cilantro interplanted with the sunflowers, cosmos, foxglove and borage. Oops! I guess the last counts as an edible too!
There is a plum, or more likely prune, tree that was here when we moved in in front of the cottage. It was in pretty bad shape but we've pruned, fertilized and watered it and it is no producing lots of teeny tiny fruit. Any suggestions on making the fruit bigger? Thin the fruit right after the tree flowers?
This is the path to the little red coop - where all the drama happens - and, on the left, my pollinator garden. Hidden in there are baby lemon, lime, mandarin orange and pomegranate trees, some summer squash which is doing well and some winter squash which is doing nothing. Oh the right are my raised beds. More on those to come.
A view from the cottage window - a mature black mission fig that came with the house is in the foreground. You can just barely make out the Asian pear slightly to the left of the fig. It is its first year and already has a ton of fruit!! On the left, behind the sunflowers, is that mature apple tree that we found here. I'm not sure of the variety but it is a summer apple that seems to be best for baking. Apples should be ready in the next month so apple crumble here I come!
Directly in front of the cottage are my three raised beds. The one furthest from the steps and closest to the cottage has mammoth sunflowers behind it. I've got tomatoes, carrots and peppers in the back two beds with nasturtium and calendula interplanted for pollinators, to repel pests and to look pretty.
The front bed had peas and is currently in transition. There are some carrots and basil and I'm planning to put in some broccoli, collards and lettuce.
A giant pumpkin is finally blossoming in front of the chicken coop. We'll see if it produces anything because everything is so late this year. I have a native grape climbing this side of the coop and it is flanked by a native flowering shrub and a tree mallow on either side. To the right is a four in one apple that went in in January and is already producing some fruit.
This is looking from the coop to the cottage. You can see my baby 4-in-1 apple, a baby 3-in-1 pear and the mature apple. I also have a fenced off area where I planted zinnias, Mexican sunflowers and sunflowers. I didn't want the kids to trounce them and erected this temporary fix that is looking like it will last all season long.
Finally, here's a peek at what is growing in the garden: crookneck squash, basil, carrots, and my first tomato - not pictured, just eaten! Oh, and a random egg.
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