A few little things from the 2010 garden:
Pimento de Padron
Delicious to pronounce, wonderful to eat,
with perfect piquancy, depth and many nuanced notes
A single predatory wasp will consume more aphids and other leaf eaters than a squadron of lady bugs. Best of all: they have a live-and-let live attitude towards humans. This is a good reason to provide them with watering stations like the one below.
In the Three Sisters Planting, corn, beans and squash thrive together and all benefit each other. Here Scarlet Runner Beans are climbing on the corn. Humming birds love the Scarlet Runner Beans.
Accidental, no-effort sunflower patch: We spilled blackoil sunflower seeds onto a 3 inch deep patch of fine barkdust that was on our lawn. In no time there was a small, thriving sunflower thicket.
Well, I got hold of one of Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening books last spring and build some raiesd beds and tried out his method. It worked quite well altho we had a wet, cold summer so I am sure things could have gone better with more heat. I loved gardening in this method and will try it again this coming summer and I will be on the look out for his cookbook!