So what's new in the garden?
Among other things, we've had great luck providing habitat for native species. Plants like milkweed and passionflower vines provide food for both caterpillars and butterflies, especially Monarchs and Zebra Longwings. Since we're not using chemical pesticides, the garden is alive with lizards, birds and toads. The garden is also designed to both conserve water (by not requiring regular irrigation) and to eliminate rainwater runoff into the street.
We've been using a lot of our herbs, especially the tarragon, basil, oregano and mint. The leaves of the sweet potato vine are terrific when sauteed, as are the leaves of the Okinawa spinach and the collard greens. All go well with the tomatoes, and we're about a day away from harvesting our first bell pepper. We just picked our first papaya, and are eager to see what it's like inside.
Today's key lime harvest.