We got a break from the chilly weather with a gorgeous day in the 60s today. After a walk with Ida the Dog in Frick Park, I was gardening til the sun set just now. Most things are mulched and tucked in for winter, except the greens that are still growing under cover.
|Stayman Winesap apple tree in foreground and 2 beds covered with hoops and row cover for fall and winter harvests.|
|Winter rye in some of the beds|
Soil that isn't covered with rye is mulched with straw or dead plant material. I like the way the straw makes the beds look. It tidies everything up a bit.
|An old mailbox becomes a garden toolbox for trowels and gloves|
|Horehound, a medicinal herb (left) and Aronia, a berry shrub (right)|
|2 of the 4 hazelnuts I planted are still kicking.|
|My gaudy New England Aster is still blooming and the bees love it. Aster actually produces more bee food after frosts hit.|
|Rodent Guard around apple tree trunk. Rodents love to chew tender bark.|
|My little garden bench, found on garbage night in Edgewood.|
|Asparagus ferns starting to die back|
|I love this Sweet Bay Magnolia, grown by our friend Nick and purchased from Tree Pittsburgh. Now, it has a fancy belgian block ring round it!|
|Lil kitchen herb garden by the back door|