Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A magnificent result: check out my perennial garden bed! (No Market Tonight!)

I'm really loving the way this bed is looking:

This is not only a food bed, it's also an insectary for the rest of my gardens, as well as being a place for my daughter to grow her heirloom roses.

If you remember my post on the mosaic-decorated hugelkultur bed, that's what started this thing off.

I expanded that bed this winter. This is what it looked like back then:


Now it's really filled out. It contains three roses, three varieties of raspberry, rosemary, garlic chives, lion's ear, perennial marigold, oxalis, cut-leaf coneflower, milkweed, plus a Saijo astringent persimmon right in the middle.

That's blooming right now:

The benefit of having these plants growing in the garden cannot be overstated. Though some are only there for beauty (such as the roses), they all provide shelter for good insects, as well as food, spices and medicine for us.

Japanese persimmons are a small tree that fit nicely into a garden design. They don't cast a lot of shade and their fruit is a slice of heaven.

NOTE: I will NOT be at the Gainesville Farmer's Market this evening - look for me again next week.


At April 15, 2015 at 10:39 AM , Blogger jean said...

Looking great, David! At first, I thought the persimmon tree was a soursop from this side of my internet.

At April 15, 2015 at 6:18 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

Thank you for the reminder to throw some flowers in with the vegetables- keep those pests confused, I say!

At April 15, 2015 at 6:57 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

They do look similar - wish it was!

At April 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Yes indeed. Plus the roses are really nice to walk by when you're on your way to pick some beans.


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