Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Around the Garden
I am always amazed at how much the garden grows in a few days. Being here day in and day out, I don't notice it, but then I go away for a few days, and wow! And that is exactly what we came home to last week after a few days of yurt camping...everything grew. Strawberries ripened, pole beans started to snake their way up the poles, snow peas reached up higher on the trellis, cucumbers, squashes, zucchinis and pumpkins sprouted large new leaves, the garlic scapes circled around themselves and the greens exploded. It was an amazing site to see as I toured the gardens upon our arrival home.
The garden is growing well, we are keeping the bugs at bay and we are enjoying food grown in our own backyard. It really doesn't get much better. We have been picking strawberries daily, garlic scapes have been harvested and made into pesto and kale, Swiss chard, lettuces, beet greens and herbs are making it into meals on a consistent basis. I am carefully watching those first few tomatoes, my mouth watering, as I wait patiently for them to ripen. The potatoes are growing well, sending shoots up through the straw, and the garden as a whole is in a good place.
I have been harvesting medicinal herbs for a few weeks, infusing and drying them, so they can be used in various forms over the winter. Comfrey and yarrow are infusing in oil, nettle has been dreid and stored, calendula flowers, lavender, lemon balm and yarrow are drying, and motherwort and lemon balm are infusing in alcohol. There will be more infusing and drying over the next few weeks with more of the same herbs, and also some chamomile and St John's wort.
Our flower gardens are in various states of bloom, the poppies having long faded and the lilies and daisies are starting to make an appearance. The bees and butterflies are happy, and I am bringing fresh flowers into our home every few days.
I am hoping for a little bit of rain to fall soon, things are a little dry, and hand watering takes quite some time, so a little help from Mother Nature would be greatly appreciated. Fingers are crossed.
How are things around your garden?