The other day I posted about most of the stuff we are intentionally growing this year. Here’s some of the stuff that just grows (good and less good):
Yarrow is a “weed” that has lots of uses, besides just being pretty. Mosquitos don’t much care for its scent. Two years ago, I infused yarrow flower heads in oil, then made a salve with the resulting fragrant oil, a few drops of tea tree oil, and beeswax. I probably should have made a lotion; because the salve was a bit heavy, we didn’t use it much, just kept using the stuff from the store. This year, we ran out of store-bought bug dope, so I got out my old experiment. I’m not sure if the mosquitos aren’t biting because of the scent or because they just can’t penetrate the wax/oil base, but I am definitely going to use this stuff from now on! (And the bunch of yarrow in the photo will become more – but I’ll try a lotion this time!)
While I was out picking yarrow this morning, I noticed something red in the grass. Wild strawberries!! Our first berries of the season are not from any plants I purchased, and there aren’t enough of them to top a bowl of cereal, but there were enough for each of us to have a taste.
It rained nearly all day yesterday and last night. It is lovely not to have to water the garden, but my plants are not the only ones that like water. The paths have fewer weeds because the ground is more compacted. We are way behind with getting the garden mulched (have to rent a chipper to deal with the mountain of brush we’ll be using), and it can be discouraging to see the amount of work I’m going to need to be doing on my knees, but I still love seeing how life insists on having its way.