Thursday, June 30, 2011

Benefits of a wet spring

I like to think of the glass as half full, for me the world just works better this way. 
For example, I could spin you the sad tale of the state of my tomatoes, peppers, and melons after this cold wet spring.  However, they'll get big eventually. 
In the meantime, after using some netting to keep the birds out, my peas are looking beautiful and filling up my A-frame nicely.
My Garlic is on autopilot and looks like we'll have nice big heads.  Essentially, all I've been doing for the garlic since I planted is watering once a week if it doesn't rain, and weeding.  I'll be pulling these up in a week or so.

The wet weather has also boosted the populations of my beneficial insects.  Look at this beautiful dragon fly, fat from eating pests like aphids and mosquitos.
We had our first appreciable harvest of summer greens.  From left, Rainbow Chard, Lacinato Kale, Collard Greens. 
And last but not least, strawberries.
All said, it has been a good week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All of this is making me hungry. Yummmmm!

Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.