Thursday, August 20, 2015
Around the Garden
Things are busy in the garden, and in the kitchen. As harvests roll in, I am trying my best to keep up, and doing pretty well, actually. While out in the garden I am a little giddy as I watch seeds pop through the earth in the fall/winter garden. This will be our third year planting a fall/winter garden, and there is something pretty special about watching parts of your garden fade away, while other parts start to bring forth new life. It is the circle of life, right here in my garden. I feel honoured when I am out there, to witness this circle, to be a part of it, and to reap the rewards.
The weather has been hot and humid, with very little rain. Things are drying up, and while I was busy watering during our last hot spell, I tend to let things go a little more at this time of year, especially those plants that are at the end of their cycle. I focus my time watering the new sprouts, the tomatoes, the fall vegetables, and I leave the rest, hoping Mother Nature will step in at some point with some rain.
The cover crop on one of our beds is up, and gosh I love the shade of green of those buckwheat sprouts, gorgeous. I finished the hugelkultur bed on the weekend, and seeded a crimson clover cover crop over it. The spring should see it full of beautiful crimson clover, and then I will turn it over into the soil, to provide nutrients and organic matter, before I plant it with herbs, lots and lots of herbs.
Justin and I have been planning, and have pretty much decided to take up two of our perennial beds this fall. We will do some soil amendments, and next spring seed them both with wild flowers for our bees. It will be beautiful, and I know our bees will appreciate it.
We are missing one thing in our garden this year, potatoes. When we did all the fencing around the beds this spring, it was the one vegetable I just didn't seem to have the space for within the fences. If you have free ranging chickens you completely understand the need for the potatoes to be within the fences. So we passed on potatoes this year. But, I miss them, so every few days we walk our land, seeking the perfect spot to add to our fenced in gardens, so that next year we can grow potatoes again.
Did you see those sunflowers? The tallest one is about nine feet at the moment, and can, according to the seed packet, reach twelve feet. They are huge, and every day we walk out to the garden, stand under them and look up, in awe of them. I can't wait for them to bloom.
We ate our first eggplant from the garden this week, and there are many more to come. The butternut squash is growing well on the arch, and we will definitely grow it this way again next year. Reece and I stood under the squash this week and counted about twenty squashes, not bad for a few seeds in a pot. The tomatoes are rolling in daily, the raspberries and strawberries are ripening, and are oh so sweet, and the pole beans keep on producing. Oh, and let's not forget the zucchini, lots of zucchini, but that is nothing new. We are enjoying our harvests, and feel so blessed that we can eat from the garden.
Well, that is about it for the garden this week. How are things around your garden?