With so much discussion about the Arcadia Oak/Sycamore Woodland it was nice to get into the garden where I am Master of the Universe. Actually, it is more of a cooperative relationship between me and the garden. As you can see from the picture of the lettuce patch – I don’t always win. Anyway it is time for Garden Highlights of the month.
A while ago I planned to write these monthly highlights to report on what’s happening in the garden – a kind of garden journal. I started about a year ago with the first December Highlights. January and February followed, and then nothing. There are plenty of posts about garden chores and what’s looking special, but nothing that summarizes the month. So here I go again with a new effort to be organized. I really, really am going to try to post monthly on what I’m doing. what I plan to do, and what is happening in the garden. I will post garden porn (flowers, berries, etc.) each month on the 15th as part of the May Dreams Gardens blog, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.
- Cut back perennials: sage (Salvia ‘Pozo Blue’), California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum), goldenrod (Solidago canadensis), pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea).
Looking neater. Milo is pleased with his work. (And yes, those are pumpkins still sitting on the front step. There were four at Halloween. One was carved and rotted within a week. I cooked one and made it into a creamy soup that we had tonight. Yum.)
- Sow wildflower seeds: globe gilia (Gilia capitata); poppies (Eschscholzia californica)
- Plant: Bountiful seaside daisy (Erigeron glaucus ‘Bountiful’); monkeyflower cuttings (Mimulus cultivars)
- Weed: oxalis, petty spurge
- Hand water new plants
Veggie Garden Chores
- Remove spent basil plants
- Sprinkle diatomaceous earth around plants eaten by slugs
- Sow mizuna seeds inside a protective ring of diatomaceous earth.
I spent the month watching as slugs devoured all of the lettuce save one, and most of the Swiss chard. This morning when I went out to see whether the ring of death (diatomaceous earth) protected the remaining head of lettuce I noticed that there was a slug inside the ring. I will have to check everyday to make sure it is safe.
It is sad to look at the newly planted greens in this picture taken in November – such promise! Notice that the arugula plants (in front of the peas) were not attacked. I think that they are not really safe, they will probably go when the tastier -to slugs, that is- greens are gone.
Plans for the future
- Clean up crushed plants in the parkway. Last week construction workers repaired broken sidewalks on my block. While making the walk next to the parkway garden smooth as a baby’s back-side, they stomped on my plants – one of the hazards of parkway gardens. Other than Winifred Gilman sage, nothing important was hurt, and this will push me to cut back some pretty messy looking buckwheat.
- Prune branches of the California Glory flannel bush that are leaning on the garage.
- Rake out dear grass.
- Sow wildflower seeds in some pots.
Tomorrow I’ll post pretty pictures from the garden. Not a lot of natives in bloom, but always something.