Today I made a little teepee for my peas. I made it out of buckthorn. There’s a lot of that in our woods — it’s very invasive and consequently difficult to get rid of — so given that we have ample supplies of buckthorn, much of it about the right width for my purposes, and given that it needs to be taken down anyway, I thought buckthorn saplings would be as good a choice as anything for the material. It’s not terribly sophisticated. I lashed the saplings together with twine. It didn’t go very well because I don’t know how to lash and I’m impervious to internet instructions, and many of them are quite bad to begin with. But I sort of did it, and then I just slapped a big old double knot on it at the end and called it a day.
I also sowed carrots, basil, anise, beets, chives, onions, nasturtium, and peas today.
I think it will stand up, though. Provided we don’t have some kind of catastrophic weather event, in which case my pea trellis will be the least of our concerns. But it is quite windy today, and the teepee didn’t look like it was going anywhere. I buried the base of the legs about 7 or 8″.
Plans for tomorrow: the shop in the corner of the yard is pretty big and ugly. It also happens to be in the sunniest part of the yard, so most of my new garden thoughts are oriented here. On the one hand, it may not be the most beautiful backdrop for the garden; but on the other hand, the gardens can help spiffy the shop up. Now that I have space for most of the vegetables I wanted to grow, I need to find a place to sow my annual seeds. I am thinking of using the scrappy spot to the right of the door here.
I took a turn over to the hillside overlooking one of the big ravines. There are these big clumps of grass growing there, which I’ve found a little funny because there are not a lot of grasses growing in the woods. At least not here. I think they have such a beautiful, spilling form. It’s hard to get a picture capturing them adequately