Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bear corn

Lots of bear corn!
Bear corn (Conopholis americana) is a parasitic plant that derives its nourishment from the roots of oak and beech trees.

On a recent hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway on the Mountains to Sea trail, there were large patches of bear corn in flower.  Striking!

Bear corn in flower

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Compost spread

A cubic yard of compost is quite a bit. 

But we've spread it over all of my vegetable beds, amended others, enriched the soil around some woodland natives, etc.

The bag was emptied.  Thanks, SuperSod. I'll let you know how my vegetables grow. They already look great, post-watering with compost top-dressing.

An almost empty bag

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Organic compost

A recent email from SuperSod in Hendersonville offered up some certified organic compost (a cubic yard, delivered for free). Hmm, what's not to like about that, I thought, and said yes, sure.  (This seems to be related to being a local garden writer/garden blogger/member of GWA).

Soil3 organic compost from SuperSod, Hendersonville, NC
At their booth at the Mother Earth News Fair a couple of weekends ago, I actually saw the size of the Big Yellow Bag. Yikes.  It was BIG.

But it was delivered on Friday, via a large truck and small fork lift, and we've now spread it over our raised beds, added to some of the in-ground beds, top-dressed recently planted shrubs and trees, and saved several buckets of it for mid-season amending.

It's great-looking compost.  It looks like it came from an organic dairy (it seems rich in composted manure), but will definitely give a boost to all of my raised beds, as they're getting close to change out from cool-season to warm-season veggies.

The bag is now empty and ready to return!  It'll be great to see how the veggies and other plants respond.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

An interesting planted combination

A local brew pub has a talented gardener,  I'm thinking.  Looping by Wicked Weed on an evening walk found me admiring this planted container.

This was one of two similarly planted barrels, on either side of their front entrance walk. 

Kudos for doing something different, I thought!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Perennial leeks

I've been thinking that I've been harvesting green garlic, but today, I realized, these are really perennial leeks, grown in great soil, with plenty of nutrients, and full sun all winter.

They're huge, and delicious.  I've harvested, and we've eaten plenty of young perennial leeks (they're great, too), but these were different.

About the same time that I managed to stick some garlic gloves in various spots, I also separated and transplanted perennial leeks.

These are what I've been harvesting in the lower bed.

They certainly look more like leeks than garlic, and slice up that way, too!  And I certainly didn't plant any "normal" leeks down there, just moved around the perennial ones and planted some garlic (I think).  But it's been an eventful year, and I need to revisit my blog posts to remind me of what I might have done....

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Halesia in flower

Our native Halesia species (Silverbell) are wonderful understory trees. This one, planted in our ravine forest some years ago, has flourished; this is the best flowering year yet.
Looking down the slope, we see the Halesia, a red buckeye (also in flower), an Eastern Hemlock, an evergreen rhododendron, and still some Packera (Golden ragwort) in flower.

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