|Beneficial bug bed, 5-10-11|
The compost pile is a very important part of the garden for me. It is therefore located right in the middle of my garden, where it can be accessed easily. I have yet to dig it out to use the compost, as it just seems to keep breaking down stuff as it is added. I am sure the run off from the pile is beneficial to the surrounding area. Perennial flowers are planted at both ends of the bed, to attract beneficial insects as well as to add some color.
|Daisies and Columbine, 5-10-11|
To bloom later in the summer will be black eyed susan, purple coneflower, bronze fennel, carrots, bee balm, cosmos and more. I am thrilled with the number of cosmos volunteers popping up all over the garden. I had loads of marigolds set seed two years ago, but strangely never got a single volunteer. Bonnie's garden seems to have thousands, I will ask her for a trade.