Fields of Joy
Walking my yard is a delightful journey of discovery. I’m amazed at the variety of plants and flowers that grow in my yard. To me, the variety is delightful, and healthier for my yard and the environment. The variety nourishes the soil and supports many different insects. The suburban model of mono-culture, using chemicals to eliminate all but one type of grass makes no sense to me. I love the variety and all the surprise flowers that appear over the course of the seasons. And I don’t add chemicals to the watershed. My yard seems healthy and happy with no fertilizers.
Here is a walk around my yard.
This is my garden area which is a mix of flowers, bushes and vegetables. As you can tell, I like to mix flowers and vegetables for visual interest. And I’m planting more flowers and less vegetables because the flowers bring me more joy with less work. My vegetable harvest has been very meager the last couple of years.
Here is a close-up of the “grass” which looks more like a field of wildflowers. I would love to stop mowing and let my yard go totally wild, but our city has an ordinance that requires mowing.
The beauty of these flowers brings joy to my heart. I hate to mow and lose this lovely field of miniature beauty. For those of you that don’t know, dandelions are edible, both the flowers and leaves. I’ve been harvesting various plants from my yard for my salads and morning shakes.
Did you know that these red bud blossoms are edible too? I’ve been adding them to my salads and protein shakes too. They have an interesting taste. It’s so much fun to harvest treats from my yard to add to my meals!