Out In The Garden Leigh on 10 May 2010 11:24 am
Up in the old garden site some of my favorite “Ragged Jack” kale that was planted last fall is blooming and going to seed. Since that was the only variety of kale I grew last fall, I figured the seed would be pretty pure and let it keep going. I’ve never tried to save seed from kale, so was surprised when it got so big and then shot up yellow flowers! I kept watch to see how the seed would develop and another surprise — they form little tiny bean-like pods!
I can see the tiny lumps of seed inside. I’m guessing that like bean pods, they’ll be ready when brownish and dry. It will be a challenge to keep an eye on these to catch the seeds before they open and fall. But if I don’t, that’s ok…will just have a volunteer patch of Ragged Jack in a best case scenario.
Meanwhile, things are growing in the new garden fenced garden spot! Note the wire column filled with rocks…we get a couple of those out of each 4 x 25 bed when we till/dig down about ten inches. I’m making up things-to-do-with-rocks…. So the little column was initially a bird bath base. But I realized the toad-frogs were missing out, so I put the bird bath basin on the ground and added a ‘toad-ramp’ rock (handy!) to prevent the little ones from getting in over their heads, so to speak. Now the column is awaiting a top of some sort and I’ll have a clever garden table on which to set icy-drinks, garden gloves, etc while working.
The stump in the background is going to be the base of a bottle tree. Not familiar with the bottle tree tradition? You can see dozens of them at Felder Rushing’s bottle tree page here. (Thanks Liz & Dwain for sharing that link!)
Thanks for stopping by Larrapin Garden, where I’ve been distracted with digging the new garden spot and attending the yearly peony party and didn’t post last week! Please join the Larrapin page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/larrapin.garden for garden tips, photos, and a place to post garden questions to the group! As always, I’m glad you made the visit to Larrapin today. Next post: cover crops and chop-n-plop mulching!