Thursday, June 26, 2014

this week in the garden

Our early summer harvests have slowly started, and mainly consist of squash blossoms and various mints and balms for tea.  We have also been enjoying beet greens.  The tomatillo plant is full of blossoms and small tomatillos, and we have a few tomatoes starting.  We picked a couple of early ananas noire tomatoes the other day, and they are on the counter waiting for their turn on our dinner plate.  Handy Handsome Hubby did not care for the squash blossoms, but he did not hate them, either.  I love squash blossoms. 
I am between lettuce harvests.  I made the mistake of waiting too long to plant new lettuce seeds, and our first harvest was long gone before our second batch is ready.  All of my radishes bolted.  I'm pretty sure there was too much nitrogen in the soil.  I'm going to try again.
I love the rhythm of this time of year.  Wake up, open the blinds.  Check the garden.  Water, if necessary.  Do a bit of weeding, a bit of bug catching with Jo Bean.  When it becomes too warm to be outside any more, we retreat to the couch to watch a movie, or read a stack of books.  This week we have been learning about bats.  They are fascinating creatures, and we are enjoying learning everything we can about them.  Handsome even joined in on the story time, and has agreed to make Bean a bat house or two. 
We have decided that next week's reading will be about bees.  And strawberries, which are Jo's favorite thing in the world this week.  I'm pretty fond of them, too.  I've been making a ton of jam, putting it away for later in the year when the family yearns for a taste of summer.  Strawberries just taste like sunshine and warm, don't they?  Our winter toast will be so much more enjoyable.

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