A lot has been happening at the Westlake garden. The students built a five bin compost system and we have filled two bins with the old grass I tore out along with fresh grass clippings from my neighbor.
The students have also built about half of the shed and it is on site. It does not have a roof on it yet so hopefully this rain storm will not do too much damage to the plywood floor.
I drove over to the garden today hoping to get a little work done but I was rained out. I did take some time to walk the garden and I have to brag a little bit….the garden looked great today. The vegetables have really taken off. I fertilized them a couple of days ago and it is amazing how much change happens over night.
So far we have harvested radishes, beets, lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, yellow and green zucchini, crookneck squash and green onions. We have also picked a few hot peppers and a handful or two of strawberries. The tomatoes are setting fruit but none have ripened yet. The tomatoes are full of aphids but an army of ladybugs has also moved in so I think they are keeping the aphids in check. The popcorn has tassled and the pumpkins and gourds are setting. We should have some green and other colors of peppers soon.
I took a few pictures outside the fence photos today in a hurry to avoid the rain. Here is a glimpse of how the garden looks now.
Nothing like the fresh smell of rain today. It has been awhile and I am happy to have a full rain barrel at my house.
At the farmer’s market I keep getting asked if I make bat houses. My answer has been no up until yesterday. I guess I am now in the bat house business.