Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I was recently asked this question. Oh I've been asked it before. But this time my answer was to laugh and answer "oh I crazy garden." The puzzling look on my friend's face signaled I needed to define more. "It's a cottage garden, and this time of year it's big and blousy: edibles and ornamentals all mixed in together." I could go on and on describing our crazy garden using terms like "garden rooms" and "vegetables out front" and "a dappled shade woodland walk." But I tend to just go to "crazy garden." You don't believe me? Oh here's some proof.
And here's some proof of the big and blousy. Ka-BAM! This garden grows on the power of zoo doo.
But right now I'm dealing with the interesting conundrum of eating my borders. I love the look of cabbage: big, huge, round balls of purple and green. They make the perfect border edging. See?
But now it's time to eat that border and alas, it will ruin my lovely line. Dang it! I didn't think about that. But that's the deal with mixing ornamental and edible: you eat the beauty.
And by the looks of it, we're going to be eating a lot of cabbage. Feel free to share recipes.