Our little suburban garden is thriving……
A little love and lots of water and some fish emulsion & composted chicken manure have turned the seedlings into lush lovely plants that are beginning to bare fruit. It's been very exciting to eat our first salads of mixed greens and cucumbers in the last week. Oh those cucumbers….. I really, really love those cucumbers. We planted suhyo longs, a seedless variety that is doing quite well for us so far!
Some of our heirloom tomatoes have begun to ripen and that has brought on some near hysteria levels of excitement (and further obsession of gardening).
Dragon beans, snap beans and squash blossoms are working over time producing blossoms and the wee beginnings of vegetables for us to eat. After so much trouble in the backyard, I am so happy to finally be enjoying the gardening and feeding my family from it. Even if it's in the smallest dinner salad or sliced cucumber to top their sandwich….
All of this excitement spurred our most recent project. A garden journal. It's been a collaborative effort between us girls in the house. We decorated a blank book and have recorded our plant varieties, created a garden map complete with key and what we have harvested from the garden.
And not surprisingly, the harvesting is the favorite part to record. Counting of strawberries each morning and making slash marks into the book…. anticipating the wee summer squash plumping up on the vines and the cantaloupe that is just starting to make some tiny fruits. Adding a new picture to the list under "HARVEST" is done with great care & excitement by each of us. A thriving garden is such a lovely place to learn and discover a whole lot of natural science.
And of course…… to pick some very yummy snacks….
Last night, when we finally came to the agreement that this heirloom tomato was ripe, we had our first taste of edible sunshine. Sweet and full of flavor. This variety is called a Black Prince and my are those heirlooms ever beautiful? One precious wedge of tomato sat upon each garden fresh greens & sliced cucumber salad at our dinner table. There was a brief moment of silence and much gratitude for that first tomato.
And then Joe asked, "So how much did that tomato really cost us?"
Which made the big kids roar with laughter.
"But it was the best tomato ever!" I replied…..
And it was.