High summer: party time
by Nathan Rutz
That includes compost piles…
The front strip faces west and gets blasted with sunlight in the afternoon. The soil there is extremely sandy. None of the cosmos I transplanted survived, but for some reason this direct seeded on totally kicked butt:
A few nasturtiums and poppies have survived too:
But the front is now mostly covered by this short succulent “weed” whose name I don’t know. I like it.
In the back stuff is doing quite nicely, like this fatso:
Nightshade overload should be happening any minute:
Leafy stuff is big and happy too
Overall I’m pretty happy with how things are growing this year. I think some of the tomatoes could be in sunnier spots, and some of the leafier things could be in less sunny spots. Some things are too close together. Most everything is doing fine without me watering it at all. Next year they should be even better with the addition of lots of finished compost and worm poop.
I did have one permaculturey design idea that happened by accident – plant ground cherries on steep slopes so they’ll self harvest when the fruit falls off. They’ll just roll down the hill!