Slowly, the garden is going wild, and I am enjoying it. This time of year, as things really take off, and grow every which way, with no concern for how much room they are taking up, or who they are pushing out of the way, well, it just looks wild, and I like it. I really do. I walk around the garden taking it all in, peeking in on beets pushing through the earth, beans growing a little more each day, green tomatoes getting bigger and bigger, and new flower blooms greeting me. It's a wonderful time of year in the garden.
We had our first big harvest of green beans, sugar snap peas and snow peas. They were immediately turned into dilly green beans, and dilly sugar snap/snow peas. We are huge fans of dilly green beans, and have yet to can enough to get us through the winter...we are hoping this is the year. We have never tried dilly sugar snap/snow peas, but thought we would give it a go. We will pop open a jar of those next week and see how they taste.
Kale, Swiss chard, green beans, snow peas, sugar snap peas, salad greens, herbs, wild raspberries (on the perimeter of our property), beets and alpine strawberries are being enjoyed around here. It looks like I will be harvesting the garlic on the weekend or early next week, and the purple beans are just about ready. We have been enjoying calendula petals, borage flowers and nasturtiums on our salads, and spying the first zucchinis. And of course, lots of flowers have been making their way into our home.
I think I will give up on the pumpkins, they just don't seem to enjoy growing where I put them. Reece is a little disappointed, but once I told him it meant a trip to the pumpkin patch in the fall, he quickly got over it. I seeded two rows of mixed greens under the cucumber trellis. I have never tried this before, growing a cooler weather crop in the shade of a sun loving crop, but I figured the space is there so why not try it. Fingers crossed we end up with some lovely salad greens in about a month.
Do you remember the chrysalis I showed you last week? Reece and I got home from a day in the woods yesterday to find it had hatched. We had thought it was a painted lady, but it wasn't. It is a red admiral. It spent a bit of time with us, pumping it's wings and getting ready for flight, and then courageously flew off into the world.
And that's the update for this week. How are things around your garden?