Since I have many annuals that self seed in the garden, I have to pull some of them from places less than ideal. Paths for instance need to stay clear if I'm going to navigate the garden.
There is one exception. I do not pull poppies.
These are California poppies which I started from seed in the garden many years ago. For years, I was lucky to get one or two to reseed. So, I never pulled them no matter where they grew. The poppy crop has increased, but I still can't bear to pull them. As a result, I have poppies in the paths.
This is the side garden. (The low growing ground cover on the left are hens and chicks).
There is a huge bunch of poppies in the path. I just step over them.
The pods are so interesting. This is one just starting to open.
This photo has some seed heads.
The delicate petals of poppies are enchanting and their bright color really pops in the garden.
The front walk has such a nice display of flowers that I just had to share. Not only does this greet our guests; but we enter the house at the front door too because while we have an attached garage, there is not a door inside that leads to the house. The garage was added to the house at some point. I love walking through the flowers.
I let a lot of plants self seed. Mostly I get flowers, but in the wild area where I let things compost, vegetables can appear too.
This yellow squash plant is already producing food!
The raised vegetable beds are quite full. We are starting to get peas. Add them to the strawberries, lettuce, radishes and onions we've been enjoying.
The water jugs are lined up so I can use the water in them to fill the aqua cones. I don't need the jugs to protect seedlings any more this season. The aqua cones are the round brown things you see. They are inverted two liter bottles with the bottoms cut off and the necks stuck into spikes that direct the water to the plants roots. They are brown because I cover each one with a knee high stocking to act as a filter keeping out leaves and bugs.
Produce consumed while standing in the garden, eaten soon after harvest, given to family and friends (unless it is given to them after it's "put up") or saved as seed is not included in this list.
In The Cupboard or Root Cellar*
garlic, bulbs 19
onions, red 54 onions, white 66 squash, winter: acorn 1 squash, winter: small wonder hybrid 8
In The Freezer
bean, snap: contender (bush) 7 1/4 cups in Tupperware
onions, white 3 pint zipper bags onions, red 2 pint zipper bags pea, edible pod: sugar bon 10 3/4 cups in Tupperware pea, shelling types: little marvel (dwarf) 4 3/4 oz in Tupperware pepper, bell 1 pint zipper bag
pepper, jalapeno 4 3/4 oz chopped in Tupperware 4 3/4 oz ringed in Tupperware *Root Cellar: a tray lined with newspapers in the guest room