A Wildly Exciting New Addition to Spy Garden

Check out our wildly exciting new addition to Spy Garden:

See it?

See it?

KA CHOW!

KA CHOW!

Dexie found this in the woods and brought it up for us!!

Dexie found this in the woods and brought it up for us!!

It has a toupee!! HHahaha

Another view

Another view

I find this ornament to be particularly fitting because the deer used to devour our garden until we installed our deer fence…A symbol of our conquest against the pilfering beasts!

We've also installed the new teepee

We’ve also installed the new teepee

The plot surrounding it is pretty bare, but hopefully soon will be full of climbing pumpkin vines.

Garden twine on teepee ready for climbing winter squash

Garden twine on teepee ready for climbing winter squash

In this pumpkin patch...

In this pumpkin patch…

The Atlantic Giant pumpkin plants are living up to their name.

The Atlantic Giant pumpkin plants are living up to their name.

I planted marigolds and dill in this patch to deter squash bugs

I planted marigolds and dill in this patch to deter squash bugs

Garlic spiral; the garlic is still a few weeks away from being able to harvest.

Garlic spiral; the garlic is still a few weeks away from being able to harvest.

There's going to be a lot of garlic to dig up!

There’s going to be a lot of garlic to dig up!

Garlic grows so beautifully

Garlic grows so beautifully

Also among the garlic plants are a few onions that have gone to seed:

This one has a halo!

This one has a halo!

Like white allium

Like white allium

The first of the tomatoes have appeared!

The first of the tomatoes have appeared!

A few leftover Belgian White carrots from last year starting to bolt.

A few leftover Belgian White carrots from last year starting to bolt.

Fungus in the mulch...

Fungus in the mulch…

Or did some little creature chew one of these up and spit it out?!

Or did some little creature chew one of these up and spit it out?!

Electrified veins of Swiss chard

Electrified veins of Swiss chard

Popping the seed "balloons" of the love-in-a-mist flowers is always enjoyable

Popping the seed “balloons” of the love-in-a-mist flowers is always enjoyable

Bird-like Borage

Bird-like Borage

Bees are very attracted to these blooms.

Bees are very attracted to these blooms.

13 thoughts on “A Wildly Exciting New Addition to Spy Garden

  1. narf77

    Well done Dexie! She finally got around to the head eh? ;) No more stinky breath for her! Love the garden scenes and the fecundity of it all. Here it is green and wet and there be leeches.

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  2. Eliza Waters

    Wonderful tour of SG today! What a rack on that buck. I wonder what caused its demise? I can see why you need a deer fence. Love your pics of borage and chard – very nice! Do you trim your garlic scapes? A lot of energy goes into seed production at the expense of bulb production. Our CSA farm offers them for stir frying, so they don’t go to waste, but I find they must be small or the stems get woody. The flowers are good in salads. Yum, *GARRR-lic!*

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      May have been the harsh winter that killed the deer, but who knows! I trimmed a lot of the garlic scapes and have been using them in cooking (prior to this point where now, yes, they are a bit tough), I kind of figure the seeds grow at the expense of the bulbs but they are just so awesome to watch (especially when the seed heads start opening up)…I will cut most of them soon (I’m thinking tomorrow) and leave just a few to go to seed. Because I definitely do want a bunch of big, beefy bulbs! Thanks for the reminder that they’re not just for visual pleasure hahah! Oh and we also use the scapes as bracelets (bug repelling bracelets!) and I wrap them around the bases of plants to repel bugs! Accessories for the plants!! Here’s a post on that from last year: https://spygarden.com/2013/06/03/2232/

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      1. Eliza Waters

        I really like the bracelet idea! And how about looping them over the ears for those nasty black flies? Necklaces, anklets? There is no end to the possibilities!

  3. puppiesinparadise

    I loved the deer skull with the toupe. You would think that it would frighten the deer from your yard as well. Your garden looks wonderfull. Everything looks so healthy and green. Will you re-plant more garlic? Thank you for the wonderful tour of Spy garden.
    Honey

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      1. puppiesinparadise

        This is my second year for growing garlic. I have read that you can plant it in the fall for the next year. I have never done it myself. I plan to try it this year.
        Your crop looks great. I just wondered if you planted two crops a summer? I hope you show later how big the bulbs are when you harvest them later. When do you usually harvest your garlic?
        Honey

      2. Spy Garden Post author

        You harvest it when the tops have died back a bit. You are supposed to cut all the scapes off to increase bulb production, but I love to watch them grow, think I will be cutting them tomorrow! I will definitely take pictures of the bulbs. Yes, you plant individual cloves in the fall and then you have a whole bulb by this time (a few more weeks anyways). We just do the one crop. All of our garlic was grown from a small handful of garlic seeds we planted about 4 years ago!

      3. puppiesinparadise

        Thanks for the information.This is the earliest I have planted them. Some of the garlic stems are already starting to turn brown. I thought from lack of water. I didn’t even think that they could be almost ready to harvest. We have had such an unusually warm spring that everything is maturing faster plus we planted earlier than usual.

        Our corn, garlic and brocoli needed to be planted earlier because they needed the extra time to fully mature to give us the best harvest yet.

        I am looking forward to the pictures.I apreciate the growing and harvesting tips as well. I learn something new every day.
        Honey

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