Thursday, July 30, 2015
Around the Garden
Gosh, I am not sure where to start with my update this week. Things are abundant in the garden right now, and each day brings something new. The first beets were harvested, the first of the white raspberries are ripe, the beans and snow peas keep rolling in, the tomatoes are slowly changing colour, kale and Swiss chard are picked daily for meals, and to freeze, the cucumbers are starting to show up, and in the next few days we should be eating the first of many zucchinis. Herbs are being harvested for drying, and infusing, and flowers are being collected as often as possible. My days in the garden are full, and honestly, there isn't any other place I would like to be at the moment.
I told you about my battle with the cabbage worms last week, I thought I might be winning, but I would have to say it's a tie at the moment. I was out there this morning, picking off worms and two moths were flying around laying eggs. It would have been funny if they weren't eating my kale! I have been getting ahead of them by harvesting as much kale as I can, freezing some, and making kale pesto with the rest and adding it to the freezer stash. I might not win this battle, but I will have kale in my freezer.
My flower beds are bursting with flowers at the moment. The beautiful fragrant lilies are blooming, a few opening each day. At dawn and dusk they fill the air with the most intoxicating scent, and I linger out there breathing it in.
Our biggest issue at the moment is the heat, and lack of rain. It has been close to three weeks since we had a good rainfall. We had a little shower last weekend, but it didn't really do much. What we need is a good soaking rain, and unfortunately there really isn't one in the forecast. I have been watering daily, in the early morning. One day I do the back beds, the next day I do the front beds, and then repeat. A few times over the last week I have even had to water the flower beds, which I never do, but they are literally falling to the ground as the heat rises. All we can do is hope it rains soon.
The fall/winter beds are ready for planting. They had some manure and compost added to them, and in the next few weeks I will start to seed them with all the cool weather crops that will hopefully take us through the fall, and into the winter.
These days in the garden are the ones I dream about in January, when it is cold and dark outside, and the snow is falling. I remember the heat of these summer days, the feel of fresh, sun warmed food in my hard as I harvest, and the taste of food from the backyard right off the vine. They are full days, busy days in some ways, but goodness I love them, and they make me so very happy.
So tell me, how are things around your garden?