|Sept. 29 working the soil and shaping the bed.|
|Oct. 6 Plants in, bulbs buried, and compost added|
The day we met the former reservation missionaries in Cortez, Oct. 4, I bought about a dozen mums, panseys, bulbs, and perennials in Cortez. This is how it's looking now.
|Coleus planted by front door did well this season|
|New home for Mock Orange|
and mum and bulbs
I've dug up iris, asters, zebra grass as well as peony to give away. Kim Hurst came and got several things Friday.
|Raspberries and Swiss Chard|
|We have a pretty good apple|
crop this year, though wormy
At their peak I was picking about a gallon every third day. Notice the Swiss chard growing as a companion plant. I also started drinking green drinks using chard, spinach and kale. Steve has been a pretty good sport about trying them too. Silvia even puts beets in hers, which I've tried too. After picking, I wash the leaves, pat dry and freeze them on cookie sheets. Then when frozen, I crumble them into plastic bags.
I'm not sure why the apple trees were so wormy, as Steve was very diligent about keeping them sprayed every two weeks. We still had plenty to bottle and eat.
The south flower beds have flourished all summer, so much so that I've
dug out some of the yarrow, and hollyhocks and large marigold and put in
mums, so I can have some fall color. The pink primroses have really spread!