|Borage has pink and blue flowers, which tempt the gardener to tell the innocents,|
"The blue ones are boys and the pink ones are girls."
According to our monthly forecast, frosts are over. I remain cautious about planting tomatoes. Nothing conks faster than tomatoes, except its cousin the eggplant.
The straw bales are conditioned and the plants for them are overdue to arrive. My first efforts are to wedge the potatoes into the straw bales and plant strawberries on top. Some suggested planting flowers on the side, so I am going to poke borage (bee bread) into the sides facing the sun. Borage loves the sun and bees love borage.
|Borage blooms and goes to seed constantly.|
This is one of the best ways to promote bee
activity. Besides the flowers can be eaten from the plant
or brought in to garnish salads.
I am beginning to think landscapers know the least about lawns and gardens. One lives behind us, on another street. I saw him spraying his weed choked front lawn with weed killer. One of those ugly but uncommon weeds had taken over, so it looked like grass was threatening his weeds.
Class, what have we learned so far? The health of the soil is the foundation for all plant life - and soil creatures do not like toxins. They like organic material to feed themselves and to nourish their future food. Bacteria thrive on rotting matter, and they provide food for other creatures, like earthworms. Fungi decompose organic matter and transfer useful nutrition to plant roots in exchange for carbon, which fungi must have for growth.
|Why would anyone want to hinder a handsome and useful creature like this?|
Weed killer, oil, and detergents suppress the microbe life needed in the soil, so the least desirable plants will make a comeback first. Like any town, when key parts are taken away, the rest of the dependent social structures decay and move away.
The solution is simply to mow the lawn frequently, which is hard on weeds but good for the grass. Three other steps are easy to take:
- Use a mulching lawnmower that drops nitrogen rich clippings into the soil for earthworms and everything else.
- Set the mower high so that thick, taller grass dominates and suppresses the weed growth.
- Let the dandelions grow. They are herbs, not weeds. They can be used for salad greens and dandelion wine (minus the weedkiller and insecticide). They drill down into the soil and rain organics back down into the ground. They also provide fluff for bird nests, especially the hummingbird. How many gardeners plant daffodils and other yellow bulbs in the lawn, then kill the yellow flowering herbs of the dandelion plant?
|The Son of God, the Creating Word, gave His creatures|
the characteristics used in His parables and illustrations.