This month there has been a harvest of herbs, radishes, carrots and lettuce. With the temperatures hovering around 60 °F, they seem to do okay, but the cucumber seeds have had a heck of a time getting going and I don’t know what is going to happen with the tomatoes and basil I just put in the ground. Hoping for warmer weather is what is happening. 🙂
Thankfully, I’ve been invited to use a nice raised garden bed in a warmer climate inland with less marine layer and fewer trees shading the vegetable garden. The garden is about an hour and 15 minute drive away, but I have family nearby who I will visit while gardening once a week during the summer. Above is the plan I’ve mapped out for the next few months in this generous garden plot. It is based on using a legume rotation after garlic was harvested here. All the plants were chosen as good companions to the bush beans. Since I am not yet an expert on companions, I used this site to choose them.
While waiting for the warm weather and to increase productivity while watching TV I’ve begun some drawing practice.
I’ve been doing design work, but have to hone some artist skills in order to be a good designer. While the results of installing and accurately building what I draw, not the drawings themselves, are the most important in my work, keeping up my ability to effectively describe my ideas with drawings is also required. The drawings are used as a tool, but are more effective the more beautiful they are. Since I have gained most of my skills in drafting and computer design, freehand drawing is one of my weaker skills. Ideas can pop up at any time leaving me unprepared with meticulous layouts. Freehand drawing skills are invaluable when I need to convey ideas on the spot as needed.
Using this beautiful and incredibly prolific book of plant drawings to work on plant shape and form, I copied one of the drawings of a dogwood.
Tracing paper and grid really helped to get the proportions and outlines right, but I didn’t worry too much about the details and the shadings. It doesn’t take much time at all to copy a drawing, and it helps so much to increase your skills and your eye for the image.
Here’s a link to the book on Amazon: Plants and Flowers.