Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Around the Garden
Bare feet on the ground, hands in the earth, a smile on my face. Yes, I am a happy lady these days. Time spent outside in the sunshine, working in the garden while a certain little man runs around in the yard laughing and playing...these are good days indeed.
The raised beds are slowly being planted. Tomatoes are in, as well as butternut squash, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and cantaloupe. The garlic is looking great and the strawberries are full of lovely little white flowers and will soon bless us with juicy red berries. Seeds have been sown...snow peas, green and yellow bush beans, salad greens, beets, Swiss chard and kale and I will continue to sow more over the next few weeks.
We are experimenting this year with the no dig method for growing potatoes. Fingers crossed it works out well. A few raspberry bushes and a blueberry bush were planted in front of the chicken run, far enough away that the chickens can't reach the berries from the run. The medicinal and culinary herb garden is doing well and already adding a little flavour to our meals. And slowly, as the seeds sprout, the beds are getting mulched.
The gardens bring more than food to our plates, they bring joy to our days, connect us to the earth and more importantly our land and fill us with gratitude for the beauty and food they offer us. The time spent tending to our little piece of this earth grounds me and brings peace to my days.
How are things around your garden?