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Little Steps, part 12: Bugleweed

May 27, 2016

DSC08984 Ajuga reptans

Another picture from the garden. I think this was the first time that I’d seen white bugleweed (Ajuga reptans).

Little Steps, part 11: Oxeye Daisy

May 26, 2016

DSC08986 Leucanthemum vulgare One of the reasons I felt so at home in my new garden from the start was that it’s a bit wild, with tall grass and lots of wildflowers. Like these daisies, which were just starting to bloom when I saw the garden for the first time.

Little Steps, part 10: Garden

May 25, 2016


DSC08945 Juglans, Prunus

Now we’re getting to the good stuff. To the actual news.

Sometimes I mention to my customers that I don’t have a garden of my own, just the greenest balcony on my street, but that I’d love to have a garden again.

And then one day I mentioned that to a customer who rides the same train as me once a week – and then some time later,  she comes up to me as we’re waiting for the train, and says, “I talked to my husband, and we have a garden that we don’t use very much – would you like to see it?”

Sooo… I have a garden. Not all my own, they still want to use it too, but I can pretty much do what I want.

(And believe me, I wanted to blog about it when it happened, but I figured I should tell my family first. And that took a while, because this is the time of year when I work ridiculous hours, and by the time I have rested enough after work to feel up to calling someone, it is too late at night to do so.)

Little Steps, part 9: Community Garden

May 24, 2016

DSC09025 Valerianella, Brassica, Acer

My community garden plot was always something I was proud of, growing stuff earlier in spring than the other people, growing stuff later in autumn than the others, and growing stuff better than the others.

This year it was just embarrassing, filled with weeds and bolting vegetables well into May.

This picture is from two weeks ago, and it does look better now, but I’m working my way backwards through all the pictures I never posted, so it might be a while until you see a current picture.

Little Steps, part 8: Winter Purslane

May 23, 2016

DSC09042 Claytonia perfoliata

Last year, I decided to sow winter purslane in the community garden… and then, like with the corn salad, I never harvested it, so I’m also waiting for it to self-sow. And in the meantime, I eat a bit whenever I’m working in the garden. I don’t think it tastes very interesting, but I like the texture.

Little Steps, part 7: Field Marigold

May 22, 2016

DSC09051 Calendula arvensis

I found this tiny field marigold (Calendula arvensis) while weeding in the community garden. Last year, when I actually sowed them, I don’t think I saw a single one!

I knew they’d be smaller than the pot marigold (C. officinalis), but I didn’t know just how small!

Little Steps, part 6: Corn Salad

May 21, 2016

DSC09048 Valerianella locusta

I sowed corn salad in the community garden last autumn, and then never harvested it… now I figure I might as well let it grow long enough to self-sow, so I’ll save money on seeds in the future.

Back when my parents were still married, and we still had a garden, that worked pretty well.


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