Monday, April 11, 2011

Garden 2011: Update Collage

Top Row:  Veggies sown directly into the garden on 3/22/11 are up and doing well.  They will need to be thinned soon.  These include (left to right) two different lettuce blends, spinach and chard.  (Yes, we raise rabbits.  The garden is fertilized with partially composted rabbit manure.)

Bottom Row (l to r):  Potatoes planted on 3/17/11 are starting to poke up through their mulch covering.  I'll need to add more mulch as they grow for a while.  Cherry Belle radishes planted on 3/22.  Dill is a weed in our garden, a friendly weed, but a weed nonetheless.  We first planted dill about fifteen years ago so we'd have it available for making dill pickles.  (Jo hasn't made dill pickles in over a decade.)  It grew well, flowered and went to seed.  Now, dill reseeds itself throughout the garden.  Hundreds of dill plants sprout and we pull up or hoe most of them.  Still, we allow dozen that are not in the way of some other planting to grow and go to seed.  Dill is attractive green plant, it releases a nice aroma when you brush against it, it's clusters of tiny yellow flowers attract a lot of pollinators for me to photograph, and it is a host plant for black swallowtail butterflies.



TexWisGirl said...

my mother used to can pickles every year so grew dill too. it does have an intoxicating aroma - but i laughed at your reseeding weed. :)

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Does your rabbit mulch discourage the wild rabbits from munching on your garden? Using that mulch would be like marking a territory to a rabbit I would think. Your garden is coming right along

Pat - Arkansas said...

Love your garden! I didn't know that dill would reseed itself. I need to plant some. Dill is not just for pickles; it's a delicious addition to any sort of fish dish, and it's good in salad, too.