Better late than never…
Last night, I finally got to plant my garden. I love my garden and I can’t believe I was so behind. This spring has been very weird; we either have had heat-wave hot, August weather or rainy damp, early April weather. During the summer type days I was either away or busy and couldn’t plant. I ended up shopping for flowers and vegetables more than once because they had died in their pots waiting to be planted. Yesterday, after school I finally got them in the ground and planted some seeds as well.
My garden is completely organic and I use compost for soil enrichment and natural mulching techniques such as grass clippings. I water as much as I can by hand with rain water that I collect in my water barrels. I try to repurpose other materials as well… using broken fence posts and discarded lumber to edge my raised beds.
I’m looking forward to the garden’s bounty and will can, freeze or donate what I’m not able to consume. Right now, I’m eating strawberries in my morning smoothies and pea pods in my salads. The peas self sowed from last year so they are an added treat.
Here’s looking forward to a fruitful bounty!
Most of June and all of July thus far has been hot and steamy. We’ve gotten some much needed rain over the past couple of days though, and my organic garden is very happy! I’ve been able to harvest eggplant, peppers, green beans, cukes and herbs. I’m awaiting the tomatoes and it looks to be a bumper crop this year. Al’s been using a lot of charcoal this summer as opposed to the gas grill and with it being so hot out, we’ve sparked it up more nights than not. One of my favorite things to do is just load up the grill with garden veges and eat them just like that. Roasted eggplant, peppers and zucchini… YUM!
My flowers are also doing well but admittedly, it’s necessary to stay on top of the watering and dead heading because of the massive heat and sunshine. Thank goodness for my rain barrels! I’m loving this summer and have been outside most of my waking hours.
Lots of peppers!
Taking advantage of space: tomatoes, zucchini, cukes, green beans, eggplant
Gorgeous deep purple hydrangea
Asiatic Lilies beginning to bloom
The entire summer flickr set is here.
My baby graduated from high school on Monday night and we’re having a small party for him tomorrow. Life has been quite busy for me and I’m taking one day at a time. The weather for the weekend is expected to be gorgeous and is fitting for the first week of summer for the school kids. Every weekend is booked with parties and activities and I’m thankful to be home during the weekdays. Here’s a bit of what’s been going on in my life.
Things are progressing in the garden. The strawberries have pretty much come and gone, the seedlings are growing and my seeds have sprouted.
My garden space
Eggplant, bush beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, couves, peas, lettuce
Bush beans, tomatoes, basil, peppers
Peppers, basil, tomatoes, beans
I finally got my plants in the ground after recruiting Al to turn over the garden a couple of weeks ago. I use my own compost and rainwater that I collect in New Englander Rain Barrels. I did need to supplement with some extra organic soil this year, probably because of all of the rain we had in early spring. I planted some cucumber, tomato, pepper, lettuce and couve seedlings and directly sowed bush beans, radishes, zucchini, basil, lettuce and snap peas. I also have some perennial herbs which I’ve already been harvesting. I still want to get some eggplant and some more herbs and look forward to my strawberries ripening…
Here’s to another summer of fresh, free, organic produce….
My little organic garden
And.. some of nature to bring in the house…
Spring is in the Air!
It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged here but I’ve been busy with some personal issues which have taken up my time …. (don’t worry, it’s nothing bad!) I’ve put my time and energy into my health and my family. It’s finally spring and it’s a time of new growth and new life. I’ve got lots of things that I want to work on and get back to. It’s the time of the year that I yearn to be outside and to work in the yard. I’m anxious to get my hands in the earth and start working on my garden.
First up will be clearing away any old brush from last year, uncovering my rain barrels and harvesting some beautiful compost from my bins to enrich the soil. Soon, I’ll be filling pots with early hearty annuals and sprucing up the flower beds. My organic vegetable garden will follow.
As for indoors, let the decluttering begin! My daughter’s room has become the storage space for odds and ends and the things that I took out of my room when we redid the floors. My bedroom now contains the bare minimum and it’s a welcome change. (Of course, it resembled a mini library with all of the books that I had in there before!) My dream house would definitely have a cozy room full of windows and books, just right to curl up and read, with a pot of tea, great view, and my furry girls.
I’ve undergone some surgery this past year so physically, I’m not in the shape that I like to be in and I need to take it slow but since the rains have stopped and the Great Flood of 2010 has past, I’m taking advantage of the mild temperatures and sunshine and have been walking with my new Sketchers Shape Ups. I’m anxious to get out there on my bike soon too.
As always, I like to be healthy inside and out and spring always lights my fire. It motivates me to get outside in the fresh air and take care of business.
Oh Yah… lest I forget.. Beto’s new Baby… Soon to be dubbed Kelsea Leigh II
White House Salad
I’m not a big TV fan but I do have a weekly date with my favorite show, The Biggest Loser each Tuesday night. I can always be guaranteed a boost in motivation and a good cry each week. No reason for tears yet in this episode but the cast is in the White House kitchen right now eating a salad picked from the First Family’s garden. It makes me pine for my garden right now and sad that it’s run it’s course for this year. Nothing beats fresh, organic vegetables grown at home!
I love my organic garden and I love to do simple domestic things around the house. Of course, I happened to pick one of the hottest days to do some canning but Mother Nature doesn’t wait! I have a beautiful crop of cucumbers and the tomatoes are starting to ripen all at once so I put up a few jars of Bread and Butter Pickles and Garden Salsa…. Just the first of many, I’m sure!
Bread and Butter Pickles