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garden pics

2012.02.22
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My experiment with using sunflowers to act as a stake for tomatoes and pole beans to act as the ties.
Sort of successful and sort of not.
You cant really see the toms and beans here but they are and most are looking very good.
This year alot of people around here have had to pull their toms out due to blight but we have been lucky.
This experiment came about when I got fed up using garden stakes that kept breaking mid season and I had to stake the stakes.
I did have to 'stake the stakes' again due to heavy winds but.....ne'mind.
The flowering carrot was left infront of the potatoes to set seed seeing as it was one of the few carrots I actually got to grow last year.
As each thing matures and starts to set seed, I try to leave some there so we can get a full lifecycle happening.
We've let the broccolli go too but obviously cant with the caulis,we'll have to grow a couple specifically to go to seed this autumn.
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Looking down the slight bank at the beneficial insect border.
I have young fruit trees planted out with currant and gooseberry bushes in between them.
The idea is to have flowers and herbs growing that will attract a wide variety of insects to the garden and act as over wintering spots for the good ones in particular.
At the moment it is mainly flowers-4O'clock marvel, Bishopsflower and Nasturtiums with the Italian Zuchinni planted round towards the left to help discourage a weedy part there.
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Looking from the driveway up and over the beneficial insect border
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The new barrel of Waterchestnuts.
I need to cut up the old lavatera arborense tree now that the seed has set and matured.
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An ooops area.
Musee de Provence pumpkins fighting it out with choko and convovulus, so far the pumpkin seems to be winning.
The Bears breeches along the fenceline did a great job keeping the wandering jewel weed from coming thru the fence but isnt coping in holding back the convovulus which climbs the fence and then sets seed everywhere...so I have to rethink my battleplan.
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