Our Big Garden...
There has bee so much sunshine this week, bringing me happily out to do a lot of watering. While we have soakers on some beds, we don't on the recently-built new beds that are home to water-loving tomatoes, basil and peppers. I don't mind because the bugs have not yet arrived and I spend a good part of the morning watering and tending animals while the kids happily play nearby...with maybe a squawk or two to work out on their own.
The big junky heap in the left foreground of the first photo is actually intentional! I cover the grassy area I plan on converting into new beds, killing weeds and keeping the rain from encouraging new gowth. It is indeed rather unsightly, but we are used to seeing a patch of tarps here and there.
I noticed our first bed of garlic is beginning to show scapes...mmmmm, delicious! We will wait til they fatten up a bit more before we do our first harvest.
My onions were faring poorly but lately they have sprung back to life. Same for my basil and tomatoes. Without a greenhouse this year, it is a much slower start for these heat-lovers...maybe next year we will have re-built the greenhouse.
Our blueberry bushes are in their fourth or fifth year and they have exploded with flowers this year...very promising!
And my two dye plants in the Big Garden are thriving...the indigo is very happy and the hollyhocks have rust but the flowers are ready to burst open. I haven't grown black hollyhocks before ~ my husband's favourite ~ but the pink dye they produce is beautiful. I just love hollyhocks anyway.
If he is not building forts, Forrest enjoys puttering nearby some days, gravitating to the carrots and beets and making them tidy. I am grateful for my big boy's weeding skills. Sunshine enjoys dancing between the beds, singing...or running off to the chickens. And Huckley is nearly always found near any source of water...or on his bike!
Our Kitchen Garden...
Despite the photo telling you something different, the sweet pea tipi is not about to fall over! But it is rather tipped looking. For some reason, our sweet peas have been stubborn and refused to poke up this spring. We re-planted and are still awaiting to see them push through.
The kids discovered the first (and only) pea to be eaten...Huckley was the lucky one! We are eating lettuces, bok choy, and chives chives chives! Without the greenhouse, the cukes are in the kitchen garden and beginning to climb...exciting!
But I think the best part of the early summer garden are the flowers. There is little food to be had beyond greens, so we focus on the flowers. We have so many beginning to blossom...poppies, daisies, marigolds, pansies, petunias, irises, and valerian. I love all the flowers in the Kitchen Garden, mixed amongst the food. And the children like to bring in bouquets, with gentle reminders of how much to harvest per plant, ahem.
Our carefree days of running outdoors, leaving the front door open are nearing an end. By this weekend we are expecting the onslaught of mosquitoes ~ just in time for an outdoor celebration for my husband's birthday. Ahhh well, it is a small price to pay to live in Paradise!
I wish you lots of sunshine balanced with sprinkles of rain to encourage your own garden bounty!