Asparagus is planted along the back fence, behind the house, in the herb garden and also along the stone wall borders.

These are asparagus beetles. (Except the one in the top right corner - those look like Red Shoulder Bugs?) They don't seem to be too much of a problem in either case. The asparagus beetles were definitely on the asparagus plants. I found the Red Shoulder Bugs on the oregano.

Planting more asparagus in the herb garden

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas on the front stoop will be fronted with Zinnias.




We have two compost corals. One is always "in-progress," while the other is actively composting. Once a year, we use the composted bin's contents for various projects around the house; garden beds, bucket garden or coldframe. We compost everything including meat, bones, fabric, etc - anything that will compost.

The composted bin went into the gardens, some of which will be worked into the soil and 'cleaned' by the chickens before being tilled into the soil prior to planting. The 'in-progress' bin went into the emptied bin and now we begin again.


Horse Radish is a perennial that comes up every year by the stone wall in the front corner of the yard.

These are individual horseradish plants. There are three total. Two were planted from the tubers of the first last fall, and they sent up flowering shoots that look nothing like their original plant - also shown here. This was an issue of great debate for about a week before we finally found an online source to verify the HorseRadish blossom was indeed a different stage of the same plant.

Of the two tubers planted last fall that put up blossoming shoots this spring, one was attacked by slugs and damaged severely - shown here.

Mint and Lemmon Balm

Mint and Lemon Balm grow of their own volition around the hydrangea bush.




Five Sage starts from Wentworth Greenhouse, in Rollinsford, New Hampshire, planted along the outside of the stone wall.

Salad Greens

Salt Hay Mulch

Salt hay is collected at the marshes, where it washes ashore. It is perfect for mulching to keep in moisture and keep down weeds. It also has shelfish debris throughout, which is benificial for fertilization.

Sugar Snap Peas


May 2018

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