The beneficial insect bed is done. Planted with some plants I picked up on clearance. Golden Rod, Aster, Cone flower, Cat Mint, Bee Balm, Russian Sage and a Perennial verbena to trail over the edge. Also seeded some Cleone. Mulched the bed with some well rotted wood chips. Moved an old stump in and put a bird bath on it. I will add some rocks to it so bees and insects can get a drink. Here the new bed.
Benefical insect plants.
The trays on the ledge have baby Artichokes and baby Rhubarb growing in them. Not ready to be planted out until next year. Some garlic chives growing in one of the concrete block openings behind the bird bath.
Baby Rhubarb and tiny artichoke plants.
See the two block high wall behind it? That is the next elevation change. It will entail moving the dirt out, adding logs, branches and vegetation debris. THEN, putting the dirt back.
Dirt to be dug out to creat the next Huglekultur
On the left side, I need to create a deep and wide area for a dwarf apple tree. It is one that had failure to thrive. In fact, I thought it was a goner. But, dug it up and planted it in the green house bed with lots of worm compost. Look at it now!
This apple tree has sprouted a bunch of new leaves.
I need to get it outside so that it will realize Fall is upon us and harden off for Winter. Maybe, I gave it too much worm compost! Well, I gave it a chance to live and it decided to. Now, will it start shutting down for Winter?
I received my perennial onion bulbs. I forgot I ordered them. Need to get a bed ready for them. I am thinking the back left Huglekultur bed might be good.
Also got my Tree Collards. I planted them in pots and they are leafing out. They grow 5 -6 feet tall. So they need to be somewhere that they will not shade something else. I have a spot picked out for them on the right side that is not created yet. They need time to develop roots before they can be planted. So, I am good.
Leaves sprouting on the tree collard cuttings.
A friend gave me some blackberry trimmings. I am trying to root them. Don’t know if it will work. So far so good. I have them in upside down plastic shelf units with water in them. Keep them moist from the bottom.
After all these ugly construction photos – here is something pretty!
Spider lillies or Disappearing Ladies.