This is what happens when the termite tent doesn’t get tucked behind your planter boxes. (I even pulled them 6 inches away from the building, like they said) They’re not kidding about that stuff being toxic! This pic was taken one day after the tent was taken down:
I let my Italian parsley plant go to seed because I wanted to attract beneficial insects to my other veggie plants. You probably hear the term ‘beneficial insects’ a lot. I know I do, but what the heck are beneficial insects?? Well, the two benefits that “good” bugs can bring to the garden are either eating other bugs that are considered pests or being pollinators. So predators and pollinators are what we want in our bug population. These types of insects are attracted to certain types of flowers and some of their very favorites are the flowers of herbs and greens from your food garden that have gone to seed. So it’s not always a bad thing to let your cilantro or lettuce bolt, as long as you know that it’s no longer tasty as food for you (bitter!), but now is serving another purpose- contributing to the health of your garden!
For the first time, I have successfully grown tomatoes (besides cherry tomatoes) in my garden in Half Moon Bay! They’re not in a hot house and we didn’t even have much sun this summer. (to say the least!) I just put them in the warmest, most protected part of the garden, fed them with compost and fish emulsion and watered them a lot. I planted three plants- Juliette F1 (60days), Oregon Spring (58days) and Stupice Early Tomato (52days)- in a black, plastic 15gal pot and placed it against a south-facing fence next to my compost bin. Voila!
A while ago (I’m embarrassed at how long) I posted that I was going to do something with all the old, sad and neglected succulents lying about in pots. Well, I finally did it!
First I planted a large urn by my front door with a mixture of plants and mulched with rocks that are similar in color to the plants:
…aaand a close up…
The last part of the project was me potting up some little pots of separate plants. I can’t wait ’til they grow in!
I took my daughters to visit the gardens at Filoli last week. The place never fails to inspire and uplift me. Even my 16 year old said, “We should come here more often. I love it here!”
Nothing says spring quite like these blushing apple blossoms!
It was my younger daughter, though, that wanted to be in all the pictures!
Looks like she likes Tulips!
I’ll leave you with these two last shots- one of some sweet pansies in a mossy antique pot:
…and this is a beautiful Camperdown Elm- just coming into bloom.
Go to Filoli and see for yourself!
Today in the garden…
…and a close up…