Thursday, June 18, 2015
Around the Garden
Well, the summer project to get all the gravel moved to the garden pathways is complete, before the official start of summer. I am not quite sure how we managed to do it, but we did, and gosh it looks good. We are so pleased, and every time I go out to walk around, to harvest, to work in the garden, it all brings a smile to my face.
Since last week we have had more rain, and a tornado warning, mixed with equal days of sunshine and warmth. It really is the perfect weather for the garden, and everything seems to be thriving. The tomato plants grew overnight, the first planting of peas is flowering, the pole beans are starting to climb, the first sunflower is blooming, the first poppy has burst open, the yarrow is ready for harvesting, the calendula keeps sending out new flowers, and all the asparagus is up. The cucumbers, squash, zucchini, and pumpkins are doing well, and the arch is up and ready to help support their growth upwards this summer. The garden is alive, and I am loving it.
We have our first bug of the season, the leafminer. It has been attacking my beet greens and Swiss chard. I have been trying to stay on top of it, and so far, am succeeding. I can't ever remember seeing it this early in the season, but I did plant quite a bit earlier than usual this year, so maybe that is why. Whatever the case, I will do my best, and hopefully keep it under control.
Our harvests consist of the same things as last week....kale, Swiss chard, beet greens, mustard greens, salad mix, basil, parsley, and chives. I did clip a small branch of rosemary for some roasted potatoes the other night too, so good.
Over the next week I have plans to move more straw from the chicken run to the gardens, and I will begin layering in the hugelkultur bed, slowly getting it ready for a fall planting of bulbs, and then a ton of wildflowers next spring.
For those of you interested in the chickens, the two flocks are still in separate coops, but do spend time in the chicken run together for an hour each morning, and then spend the day free ranging in our yard, together. They seem to be blending well, and we hope in the next week or so to open up the wall between the two coops and make them one big happy family.
And that's the update for this week, how are things around your garden?