We’re about halfway through the summer, so I can see what’s working well and what… not so much.
I think my attempt to keep the jungle of Ozette potatoes more balanced has been successful. I really like the signet marigolds tucked around the edge, along with feverfew and breadseed poppies.
I also planted cosmos in the middle. Those are just starting to bloom, and may not be tall enough — even though I’m trimming the potatoes this year!
Left to their own devices, Ozettes grow 6′ tall and tip over (at least for me).
So far, pruning the vines has been pretty effective, but I need to keep on it.
Rob’s garden is looking nice: borage and hollyhocks, with Larkspur just starting.
Next year, I may try some hollyhocks at the backs of my potato beds. They’re so colorful!
Normally, the deer eat them, but Rob got some blood-based spray that has been doing wonders at keeping the deer away.
Finally, my pots! Some of these are native trees and shrubs that we’re growing out for another year; others are flowers and herbs, some of which I may tuck around the garden.
I’ll be experimenting more with potted plants in the garden. It seems like a good way of keeping the color and balance through the season (quite a challenge, if you rely on in-ground plants!).