Next Saturday, August 12, is our big weeding day/potluck extravaganza, and you are all invited to join in! We start at 9am, and quit by 4pm. Darrel is planning to bbq for lunch, so bring whatever sounds yummy to add to the grill. Some of his band mates may be hanging out, too – so we may get to listen to a guitar lick or two!
The garden looks like a jungle, and I picked the first beautiful tasty, dark chocolate mini-tomatoes this morning as I pulled weeds the size of small trees! They were delicious. Harvest: there may be beans by next weekend – not sure yet. We have dill, parsley, cilantro, carrots, beets, some lettuce, peppers, and eggplant, and basil. There may be some cucumbers poking around. Perhaps a tomato or two will ripen due to this crazy hot weather. It’s just beautiful, but needs some taming!
After our weeding party, I will keep you posted as things ripen. Next month should be big for tomatoes & squash, and the corn patch looks great! Apples and pears ripen late, late – in early fall.
Bees are buzzing – we had to cover them with a canopy it was so hot!! The girls are working hard to keep their hives cool enough! It’s fun to watch them drink water – and they drink a lot!
I just wanted to send a last notice to all who may be interested in helping out in the garden tomorrow. We will be weeding, taming the beans and peas, and thinning the orchard fruit. Start time is 9am and we will be enjoying a potluck lunch around noon.
Come with whatever tool you prefer weeding with, and something to toss into the pot luck arena for “feeding time.” Enjoy the harvest that is ready for you! (lettuce, spinach, parsley, beets, kale, radish…)
One last reminder about this Saturday morning’s weeding party – just in case I missed anyone with my previous email. If you have a free couple of hours, come join Darrel in the garden and whack a weed or two!
I surely will miss joining the group. The other job out there is in the orchard – thinning the fruit. The tiny apples and pears should be snipped to every 3 or 4 inches apart.
Have fun out there!
And enjoy some of the first harvests: spinach, lettuce, parsley. Even beet tops if you enjoy thinning the beets. They are tiny and delicious.
We have a garden, wahoooo!! Thank you, Peter for helping me get all the tomatoes, peppers and egg plants nestled into the dirt! It is all beautiful and seeded and planted!! Dario has a few pumpkin hills left to go, and I still have to hoe some corn and beans. I thought you would all enjoy one photo of the pristine earth. I am sure the plants are happy for the rain today. I wanted you all to know the $$ you spent – every one – is in the ground. Good investment. 😊
So now we water and wait and weed. The 3 “W’s” of summer!
Weeding dates are as follows: June 3, June 24, July 8 and August 12. Darrel is in charge June 3 (very light weeding) and June 24. We will both be here for weeding and potluck on July 8 and August 12. The harvest right now is parsley and rhubarb. 😉 Strawberries are popping up all over in the barrels! And it won’t be long – a couple of weeks or so – for our radishes, spinach, lettuce crops to be just big enough to munch.