Got in a mini-mini foraging session yesterday when I went to explore my neighbor's yard.
The sunny afternoon end-of-summer weather was still warm enough for short-sleeves and shorts. Or a sleeveless summer dress, as I was wearing.
I noticed the Evening Primrose right away, growing right beside the stairs. Those yellow flowers beckoned me forth, and I popped off one of them for a tiny nibble. Not bitter at all, as some have said, but not having much taste either.
I pulled off several of her leaves to dry for soup later, then went to visit the Mallows, or should I say, Malva sylvestris Zebrina, also known as Striped Mallow.
I divested the plants of several of their leaves, then plopped down on the grass and began plucking up Violet leaves.
I had brought a large bowl and some scissors, good thing, because I then went and gave my Mints a pruning.
Then off I went to peruse the back of my neighbor's garden, where I noticed green Tomatoes and withered and moldy leaves of the Cuke plants. A few fruits, a few flowers, but really they will have to hurry up before the cooler days of fall thwart their growth.
I stopped and clipped off some of the Lavender flowers to add to my already steeped Lavender oil perfume, noted the Roses in bloom by the bird bath (but dared not take any because my neighbor much enjoys seeing their "blooms" as she calls them), then walked over to snip up some Moroccan Mint.
I noticed Pellitory was still around, small of course since I had pruned them recently, but didn't gather any as I still have tons of Nettles leftover to turn into pesto. Or maybe a soup, depending how the weather goes.
Nights are starting to get cool, around 15C, so bringing along a long-sleeve sweater has now started to become the new habit. Hopefully, as with last year, the "summer" weather (or should I say Indian Summer?) will hover into October so that I can close the garden on a warm note.
Interestingly, last year it was still quite mild into the early days of December and got me thinking to plant some hardy greens on the balcony, which I might do this year as an experiment. I'd have to get some tarps, though, and haven't given it much more thought than that, but Nikki Jabbour wrote a book about gardening all year long, so I'll give that a read to get some inspirational ideas. Will have to get some Chard and Kale seeds too; should be super dirt cheap by now because I don't know anyone else who gardens in winter 'round here ;)
At work today I checked on the status of the garden. Eh, not doing well at all because it hasn't been watered enough, plus the soil is so sandy that it really needs compost and some good fertilizer. A few of the Tomatoes plants have ONE fruit, so at least they are trying their best :)
Noticed some Dandelion and Yellow Dock leaves, soon will be digging them up, going to wait a bit 'til it gets cooler so the energy gets more concentrated in their roots.
Good news: the Queen Anne's Lace seeds I spread over the ground have germinated, and it looks like tons of baby Carrot leaves. Well, Queen A's other name is Wild Carrot after all :) Won't be any Carrots this year as she's a biennial, but might take a look-see next year and see what's what.
Which reminds me that I should bring some other seeds to help amend that sandy soil, perhaps Comfrey, Nettle and some Red Clover and/or Restharrow seeds.
Hm, and in so speaking of amending the soil, it makes me wonder if perhaps I could get the go a-head and lay down some tarp to kill the grass and have a bigger garden next year, one under the trees where the soil is much richer. Will have to see what the boss says about that :0
Alrighty, sunshine m'dear, short one this time around, but that's OK. Keep your blazing light shining, ya hear, and update y'all real soon :)
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