A Skulk of Foxes in Colleen’s Garden.on June 9th, 2012
A few pics of the pretty and delicious things growing in my garden.
The woodland walk, flanked by Iris.
My beloved David Austin roses. Alas, all of them have had to be moved away from the wood’s edge to protect them from a virus which has been ravaging the native rose population.
This peach tree was a gift to me from my family four years ago, and it looks like we’ll get a good crop this year!
Green leafy veggies like this celery, cabbage and swiss chard are vulnerable to cabbage worm, so we keep them covered. Shard is very expensive at the store, but incredibly easy to grow, and will come back year after year. It is so attractive, it would make a fine place in any flower garden border. Everyone with a bit of land should grow it.
Foxes love to come and play in my garden. But what a big mess they make!
Freshly planted rows of garden with Weedguard mulch. Very tidy!
And after a visit from foxes.
An entrance to the skulk of the foxes is under this enormous wild rose bush. Alas, it is infected with the rose rosette virus, and that is a death sentence. It is too large to burn, but will not live out the next two years.
Telltale signs of the rose rosette virus: stunted branches, withered leaves.
My foxy neighbors are unconcerned.
Since foxes bury their food, they assume I do, too. So, every time I plant something, they stick around to see if they can dig it up and steal something tasty. This is a lot of fun to watch, and they get very close to me as they root about.
Running off with some delicious doggy treats I have put out for them. Yum!
More of my beloved David Austin roses.
Saved from avaricious fox appetites, early garden pickings. The bouquet is of leek blossoms, celery and dill blossoms. In the bags and bowls, shelled peas, snow peas, swiss chard, and wax beans, all much tastier than store bought. We do a lot of our own canning and preserving that taste much better than commercial foods.
I believe last year was the first year the garden made a real profit. I calculate we harvested almost $3000 worth of fresh produce. Of course, that doesn’t take into account the fact we never would have bought that much fresh produce in the first place! After costs, we saved at least $1000 on our grocery bill, and got lots of delicious food and wholesome exercise.
This year the garden may be slightly less profitable: I’ve been investing in a new, far more expensive commercial garden soil. However, the results are well worth it. I will post pics and info soon. You may think with all the land we have you’d never have to buy dirt! But most of the soil here on the mountain is terrible. One of our neighbors who has an outstanding garden spent nearly 15 years amending his soil. I had very poor results before I switched to growing in raised beds and purchased good soils to fill them.
Perhaps the increased yields will make up for the increased costs. I’ve already been able to sow a second crop in boxes which grew peas earlier in the year. Now, they host butterbeans. With a little luck, I’ll squeeze three crops in the same boxes in one season.