Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Around the Garden
A little rain, a little sun, a little rain, a little sun has been the story in the garden this last week, and that has been perfect, for both the garden, and for me. Everything is growing well, and we are beginning to see the foods we will be eating in the next week or two. Snow peas, green beans and zucchinis are just about ready, and the cucumbers are flowering and little cucumbers are growing.
Bugs are around, but like most of the summer so far, not too bad. The biggest issue is the lovely cabbage moth worm. I am picking them off the kale daily before they do too much damage. There is also a lovely shiny metallic beetle attacking my St. John's wort, but I have been catching them in action and putting an end to their fun.
This week we have been eating kale, Swiss chard, strawberries, raspberries, beet greens, salad greens and herbs. I have harvested and infused more yarrow, and calendula in oil for salve making, and I strained my dandelion oil this week, and made a lovely dandelion salve. Lavender and yarrow are drying, and my tinctures of motherwort and lemon balm are sitting in the dark, waiting to be strained in a few weeks. I moved the comfrey from the herbal garden to a spot in the butterfly and bee garden. It will have more room, and won't crowd out my other herbs.
I enjoy these days in the garden, walking around a few times a day, checking in on things, harvesting a bit here and there and just soaking up the goodness that comes from watching the seed to plant to plate cycle. That cycle amazes me every year, and the pleasure of watching it all happen never gets old.
How are things around your garden?