Thursday, June 25, 2015
Around the Garden
We have settled into a nice rhythm with Mother Nature in the garden, rain every third or fourth day, usually in the evening, just enough to give every thing a good soak, but not too much to leave everything sitting in too much water. It is perfect, and the gardens are thriving because of it. My unwelcome guest, the leafminer, has been stopped in its tracks, for now. I have been keeping a very close eye on the beets and Swiss chard, and so far all my extra attention is paying off, and I am pretty pleased about that.
After a few weeks of heavy duty work in the garden, we had a definite change in pace this week. There was more time spent weeding, walking around, and just enjoying our space. I intended to do some mulching, but with our summer solstice celebrations taking up a bit of my extra time, it didn't get done. I have moved it to the to do list for this week.
I gave the tomatoes a little extra attention this week, removing suckers, and tying them up for support. The garlic scapes are ready, and I have been harvesting a few every day to add to our meals. A large amount was harvested on Monday, turned into pesto, and added to the freezer. Tomorrow I will harvest the rest, and more pesto will be made.
Along with garlic scarpes we are eating salad greens, kale, Swiss chard, basil, parsley, rosemary, chives, calendula flowers, and borage flowers. The first planting of snow peas are producing many flowers, and I spied a few pods ripening on the vines. They will be ready soon, and I can't wait.
Many medicinal herbs were harvested this week for tinctures, and oil infusions, and to dry for teas. Catnip, yarrow, heal-all, and comfrey all have a place in my kitchen at this moment as they are being prepared for medicinal use. The St. John's wort is flowering, and the bee balm is reaching for the sky. My calendula from seed is finally flowering, and goodness seeing those beautiful orange and yellow blooms makes my heart sing. This week will see the harvesting of lemon balm, for tincturing, and to dry for tea. The power of plant medicine never ceases to amaze me, and it makes me so very happy to be able to prepare them for my family.
I walk around the gardens a few times every day. The morning walk is slow and meditative, with tea in hand. During the day my walks are more about searching out work to be done, and getting it done. There is harvesting for meals, and sometimes a moment or two of stillness as I look around and take it all in. Before dinner I walk, sipping home brewed kombucha, and just relaxing into the beauty of the garden. And in the evening, as the sun sets on the day, I take another walk, usually with a cup of tea, and just soak up the goodness of it all. It really is a pleasure, growing our own food. It feels good, it feels right, for us.
How are things around your garden?