My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

More Happenings Around the Place

Pearl Oyster Mushroom kit
So my mushroom spawn finally arrived. Here you see a 5 gallon bucket with a big bag of coffee grounds dumped in, the instruction book and the bag of spawn. Seems pretty simple; mix up the bag of spawn with the wet coffee grounds, cover the bucket with the perforated plastic bag (included) mist twice a day with non-chlorinated water and wait about a month ;-)

View into part of the front garden
I got those plastic urns at a yard sale a few years ago for about $3 each.

Oriental poppy

The splash of red in that last picture is this, the first Oriental poppy of the year.

Salad Bowl lettuce seedlings

In a shady corner of the front yard is some Salad Bowl lettuce. You can't really see it here, but towards the upper left are also some dill and sunflowers coming up.

potatoes are sprouting
Most of the potatoes that I planted last month are beginning to show above ground now. When they get a little bigger I'll mulch them well to help keep them cool.

laundry sink becoming water feature

Over on the terraced garden an old laundry sink is in the process of becoming a new water feature.

west side planter
The planter below the kitchen window on the west side of the house has one or two pea plants that escaped the birds, along with sweet alyssum and snapdragons. I'm going to plant some beans along here.

Princepe Borghese

And here is the promise of tomatoes to come! The Princepe Borghese are making little green ones all over.

Buff Orpington chicks

Well I just couldn't help myself. Since I ended up with only one BO hen I grabbed four chicks when I saw them at the nursery today!


  1. I have some urn pots that look similar to what you got at a garage sale years ago but yours look so nice and white. How do you keep them so nice and white? Nancy at Cozy Thyme Cottage

  2. They aren't exceptionally white; infact they have a little soil staining on the bases; don't do anything to them. I have been thinking I should paint them though to help keep the plastic from degrading in the sun....

  3. I just subscribed to your blog so I won't miss anything. I was planning on growing mushrooms and got sidetracked. Thanks for reminding me!