the fava beans are as tall as me, the peas and potatoes are as tall as quinn, and the popcorn was knee-high by the fourth of july (quinn’s knees, that is.)
i’m pretending it’s tabbouleh season already; my garden is ready to provide the parsley, my csa box has been supplying cucumbers, and i fork over the $4 for a pint of cherry tomatoes from the only grower in town who has ripe ones. we have been eating so frugally that occasionally i allow myself such indulgences.
speaking of indulging, it feels like i am, when i pile so many edible flowers into a salad bowl that it’s not even about presentation anymore. ahhh, edible flower season: calendula petals, borage, nasturtium, arugula flowers, red clover. maybe more varieties buried underneath…
a steller’s jay left me a feather the other day and i stuck it in the middle of the blue pot pictured above. jays rule fertility, and since i am not in the market for more kids, i would like to apply 100% of the jay medicine coming my way to the garden, thank you very much. the cloud people have been sending us rain for three nights straight, though the days are lusciously sunny.
my asparagus seeds sprouted! hurray for my asparagus plantation (which will be opening in three years.)
more random garden goodness: i’m having fun pairing up companion plants and making up polycultures here and there throughout the garden. quinn planted some brussels sprouts in a hanging basket. because, well, you know. he’s in charge of harvesting strawberries, and he is showing incredible restraint, i think, for a four year old (we have 8 plants in pots). i spent the wetter morning hours yesterday messing about in the cold frame (where it was dry) and moving out starts that needed planting, making space for two of quinn’s canteloupes. i’ll be so happy if he gets even one tiny melon out of them… then while he spent the evening with dada, i took two trays of starts to the community garden to plant the fall stuff. i harvested lots and lots of spicy greens, which seem to grow well (arugula, mustard, cress, etc.) and then i popped in a bunch of broccoli, kale, chard, leeks, and some dill, as well as adding lime to the soil, which i am beginning to suspect the beds need, in spite of my pH meter at the lab giving me neutral readings for all the soil samples i’ve tested. we shall see how that experiment goes.
and what loveliness are you growing?