It’s late July and the garden is full of life.
“A beautiful chaos,” someone once called my garden. Flowers hobnob with vegetables; volunteer plants are invited to stay if useful, even when marching up and down my garden walkways.
Here’s the winter squash in mid June:
And now, a month later:
Can you believe that there’s 18 winter squash fruits on the make under that tangle? Varieties like buttercup:
We also planted spaghetti squash, sweet dumpling, pumpkin, and two varieties of southwest heirloom squash. We love winter squash around here. “It’s the meat of the plant world,” says Dan.
Oh, and our first beet harvest:
I am such a fan of beets. Once, after a 4 night solo backpacking trip, subsisting on power bars and dehydrated beans, I hitchhiked back into town, went right to the market and bought beets and white rice for my homecoming dinner. I love beet greens too.
Basil always cheers me up:
Cabbage row (I’m thinking sauerkraut):
And carrots, garden candy for the kids:
The purple cauliflower is almost too pretty to eat (thanks Audrey for the plants):
I’m very pleased that we’ve been harvesting tomatoes already. Here’s what I’ve done with some of them:
Did I tell you about this awesome goat poop we got through freecycle?
It was filled with fat little grubs that the kids mined and shuttled home in a bag for the chickens:
I think all gardens should include a pollen snack for honeybees:
How does your garden grow?