27.11.2013 A Victory Garden in Fall
So I haven’t updated this blog since I moved to Finland over a year and a half ago. My wife and I were able to fly to the States for Thanksgiving and Christmas this past year and I took some photographs of the garden.
Unlike most of the other fall seasons, this past 2013’s autumn got cold quickly! So there isn’t as much going on as usual, but I thought I’d put up some photos.
These first will be from before I began clearing out some of the grass and doing some work to assess where we are in the project.
Although it looks messy, the fundamentals are still there. Very well hydrated soil from the swales and organic matter accumulation along with the continued thriving of our dynamic accumulator plants.
The only real sad thing to report is that our very nice patches of red clover and alfalfa were decimated by the groundhog who moved in this past summer. I only found a few crowns of each, when the whole garden had been covered in the plants back in 2012. Still, the garden moves forward in an accumulation phase (of nutrients, niches, and inhabitants!).
Lastly, I was able to get a new camera for Christmas :D so that means my trusty Pentax K-7 is now in the hands of my parents along with a very nice 18-135mm weather resistant lens. Which translates to……. more photos!
Anyway, this photo is a terribly stitched panorama of the garden before I began doing any work. I don’t have a real pano head on my tripod so there are quite a few optical errors. However, this isn’t mean to be art so I didn’t even bother trying to feather the layers or anything. Just wanted to give an ultra wide perspective for you all.
PS- I’ll be adding all the photos I want to share from late November through the end of December, then it is back to 60npermaculture.tumblr.com for me until I am emailed new photos from the garden.