Sunday, August 7, 2011

The goods

After cold, excessive rain, and late warming, things are picking up the pace in the garden.
The scarlet runners are enticing the bees
The cucumbers are spreading out on their trellis
The collard greens and chard are taking off even though they are being snacked on by the birds
The companion planting of basil and onions is working out nicely
It turns out that carrots and tomatillos are good neighbors too.
So far this month I've been harvesting carrots, dark greens, potatoes, cucumbers, and herbs on a regular basis.  Carson is conducting his own harvests also.
Next, we get ready for the winter garden...more on this to come.

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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.