Tiny little wild strawberries are delicious and this year I actually remembered to toss a mesh net over them as they went into bloom. Only the few on the periphery were eaten by deer or birds or rabbits. Most years I forget to cover them and I get none. These were wonderful on my ice cream! I guess I can consider strawberries as part of the permaculture program.
The blueberry bush looks very healthy and the important thing to remember as the fruit ripens, is to cover them with a net. Birds are up earlier in the morning than I am and they enjoy fresh berries too!
Apple tree is recovering from the shape-pruning it received last fall. I’ve also decided to keep a small number of deciduous trees like oak, maple, and birch as well as a few cedars inside the fence. I am dedicating a section of the plot to keep a continuous supply of trees for planting. Purchasing 2-3 year old seedlings and allowing them to grow inside the protection area until big enough to survive the deer attacks after transplanting. Trees also make nice gifts. We could call that a permaculture aspect as well. In fact, I think planting trees is a very important aspect of making our world a little greener.
Asparagus, perhaps the centerpiece of my permaculture, is very healthy and I enjoyed several small cuttings earlier in the month.
The complete list of crops in the beds at this time; Green beans, 3 types of lettuce, eggplant, zucchini, butternut squash, potatoes, corn, green onions, broccoli and Brussels.
Sitting out on the front step in containers are two of each- peppers, basil and tomatoes. This spot is where they receive ample sunshine and warmth through the afternoon well into the evening. The key to success with container planting is to water regularly. The medium in containers dries up quickly in hot temperatures. During prolonged hot spells, giving potted plants a tub soaking once a week is a good idea too.
I am looking forward to stocking my freezer with pesto sauce! I have company coming in August and I think it will be a perfect time to share the experience of making a batch of pesto.
This afternoon as I was returning from my walk, crossed the field behind my house and spooked a little fawn who had been laying in the tall grass. He/she ran off into the neighbors lot and probably stopped to nap under the cover of his fir trees. The reason the fawn was alone is usually due to the mother/doe getting frightened off. It is an instinctive action that when the doe is with her off-spring and she perceives a threat, she will bolt off and away while the baby, simultaneously and instinctively, drops down in place. To a predator the sight of fleeing prey incites the pursuit instinct and the chase begins. Usually the doe is able to allude the threat, because of her explosive speed. This also results in drawing the danger away from her baby. Meanwhile, the fawn stays in place for hours until her momma returns. In this case today, the fawn ran off just about 100 yards. When the momma doe returns she will eventually find her little one by scent.
As we approach the Summer Solstice, the hours of daylight near their longest and the grass grows tall after the recent rains. I have managed my compost and added the rich humus as fertilizer to the crops. My vegetable crops, with exception of late season plantings of broccoli, peas and chard, scheduled for planting later in the month and harvest in autumn, all of my summer crops are in the ground and doing well. The coming several weeks before harvest is in full swing will be the easiest period in the garden. Low maintenance chores of weeding and watering are required daily. However the mulching I add to the base of crops help to reduce weed proliferation. Everything else is up to nature.
This time of year also offers the most plentiful bounty of wild foods and if you follow the link you can read another of my articles about local wild foods.
In late July the bounty will begin to come in abundance. So much so, that I must share much of the food I produce. This makes me a big hit with the neighbors!