|Lavender, just for how it looks|
Apart from adding a farm house look they're actually there for a practical reason. They're drying out further till a rainy day when I'll spend time saving their seed.
I've saved seed from our first successful rockmelon variety, Mountain Sweet after a seasons experimentation. Hopefully we can keep adapting a variety to our climate and get bumper crops. The watermelons have not been as successful. It took me way to long to realise the ducklings were slipping through fences and eating the fruits even before they set. So now I have good fruit set about the time we're expecting our first frost.
We should have enough seed to start a market garden next year. We've even been setting a few things up that it might even be a distinct possibility.
Eliot Coleman is the US author of The Winter Harvest Handbook. While we're not has cold as it is in Maine we are going to adopt some of his strategies to try extend our summer/autumn harvest. The images of his immaculate market garden are inspiring. We don't currently have the water for it, but... we may well do very soon.
Do you save your own seed?