Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Flurry on the Homestead!

This Summer Polar Vortex thing totally rocks!  Although we didn't get any snow flurries, I was in a flurry of activity as I spent all morning outside and I didn't melt into a pool of rendered fat.

I spent hours out in the jungle garden this morning yanking weeds and swearing at the tenacity of the prickly sida which even at less than 12" tall requires a backhoe to yank out from the earth.  I don't know what, if any, useful purpose they serve in the circle of life, but if I had the power to wish any weed away it would be prickly sida and morning glory, neither of which have any food or medicinal use so I say to hell with 'em.

While weeding out an area where I have volunteer tomato, squash and melon plants, I discovered these little beauties:

And immediately cut up the ripe one, went outside to pick a few leaves of fresh basil (yet another volunteer plant), a little S&P and voila:

I'm telling you, I just love Slothwoman Gardening.  Granted, I'm not exactly sure what I'll get or how much of any particular item I'll harvest, but I'm really looking forward to having Paul tear up another section and just toss any and all of my old garden seeds, rotted veggies & fruits in there and just let it go.  Of course, I'll have to continue with "normal" gardening if I ever want to have a real vegetable harvest, but the Sloth Gardening is kind of fun with not much work involved.


  1. I am coming around to your way of thinking/gardening. It seems the harder I try to make sure that all the growing conditions are just right, the more likely my vege plants are to keel over, mold up, wilt, or rot. Toss a bunch in the composte and, voila!

  2. I am drooling over those Arkansas tomatoes....I bought some in the store that were advertised as vine ripened Ark. tomatoes....I don't know what vine but it wasn't a tomato vine! I have one tiny cherry tomato beginning to turn and that is it!

    I have some sloth type gardening going on here too. Two cucumber vines, various pole beans among the tomato row, all the squash plants and some garlic.

  3. Carolyn,

    Yum.......beautifully fresh tomatoes with fresh basil and you have a delicious salad.

    I think a sloth garden would be a wonderful thing, something to really admire and compare to your regular garden to see what really grows and produces.

  4. I hope my tomatoes hold off so I can catch up with the zucchini, yellow squash and green beans here. Something ate most of my kale down to bits this year.

  5. I have the healthiest potatoes, onions, comfrey, Jerusalem artichokes, tomatoes and a lovely sunflower growing in my compost bin. Make ya wonder why the heck we try so hard when sloth garden plants look so much better.

    P.S. Insanely jealous of your tomatoes. Insanely.

  6. Tomato envy here too! Mine are still green.