Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Around the Garden
Oh my, the garden is growing well this year. Every day more of our meals are coming from the garden and it all tastes so good. Kale, Swiss chard, beets, onions, strawberries, cucumbers, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes and herbs are gracing our plates and filling our bellies. On Sunday morning we enjoyed an entire breakfast from the backyard - omelet with Swiss chard served with roasted tomatoes and wild raspberries on the side. What a wonderful feeling it was to sit down to that meal.
This week has found me spending more time in the kitchen than the garden. The canning pot is seeing almost daily use and the pantry shelves are filling up nicely for the winter ahead. Gingery pickled beets, dilly green beans, dill pickles and blueberry jam were canned this week and blueberries and zucchini were added to our freezer stash.
The rhythm of the season was not lost on me this week as I thought back to all the time we spent in the late spring and early summer season working in the garden, more time spent outside than inside. Then a slowness set upon us as the plants reached for the sun and dove their roots deep into the soil. We watched carefully for bugs, we weeded and watered when needed, but the hard work was done. And now the busyness of the harvest begins. We, or at least I, have moved inside to can and freeze as much as we can for the winter season ahead. It is a rhythm that is repeated year after year, and for me, never gets old.
In the next week or so I will be spending a bit more time in the garden as we get ready to plant the fall garden. We are still debating what to plant, but at this moment I think arugula, mesclun mix, beets, kale and Swiss chard will go in providing us with another lovely harvest later in the fall.
How are things around your garden?