You'd never guess by these photos we're in need of rain. I feel guilty looking at the trees around me as I water the garden. We've had such a dry spring, with SO MANY caterpillars. It's been really hard on all the big trees. Some of them have almost no leaves at all….. I've been collecting the caterpillars as I water and feeding them to the chickens. I don't think I'm making a dent in the population, but I must be helping my poor fruit trees and bushes a little.
Inside the garden everything is dark green and lush and growing, growing, growing. The beans and squash and melon have popped up. I'm hoping to trellis them. I did better with spacing this year (I really struggle with that) so things appear to have more room for growing…
And the blossoms! Tomato, peas, chive, blackberry, arugula. I let the arugula go to flower just to see what they looked like. Then I cut it all down and pureed it up with a bit of olive oil, lemon, and salt. I froze it into ice cubes, it will be delicious on pizzas or in soups & sauces. Arugula was the only salad-like green I planted this year as we get so many delicious greens in our CSA. I'm learning what we need extra of and planting my garden to compliment our farm share. The chive flowers have been sprinkled over our salads and some chive aioli dipping sauce I made for artichokes. I am in love with those tiny purple flowers!
Even though the garden is small, it's the biggest I've ever tended to. I've been making a list of "to do's" at the beginning of the week and then try to get just one task done each day during the week. This has been helpful as my weekends have been so full the last month or so. (Herb School and a conference this weekend!)
Tell me, what's going on in your gardens? Leave a link if you're keeping notes.