Well, here I am again: “live” so to speak, and thankfully still “alive” after a rather stressful week. Here’s what’s been happening in Hammond River:
After virtually ignoring my garden all week, I was surprised to find that the weeds were trying to take over (funny how that happens!). I spent much of Saturday evening and Sunday pulling out the invaders and rediscovering the plants underneath (Dad helped with the hoeing on Sunday too, as well as installing poles for the climbing beans, and strings for the peas).
This year, I tried to plant things in a different spot than they had been in last year, “rotating my crops” like a good farmer would. The squash and beans are at the top of the garden, instead of in the middle. The tomatoes were planted at the top last year - when we were weeding, we discovered all kinds of tomato plants that were growing from fruit that must have dropped on the ground last year (Dad calls the orphans “volunteers”)! Some of them were bigger than the seedlings I’d grown in the house…how ironic is that? Of course, I have no idea what varieties they are (I had about a dozen different ones last year), so it will be fun to see what I get!
Midweek, we were able to have our first salad from the garden, mixing seven or eight kinds of lettuces and greens, including kale and arugula (this is the first year I’ve tried those).
Yesterday, we had our first feed of cooked greens: spinach, Swiss chard, beet greens, bull’s blood greens, and kale. It’s a good thing there are only three of us who like them, because this big pot of raw greens fit into a small bowl once cooked:
Other plants in the back yard are blooming:
Jim spent Saturday rebuilding two of our rotten front steps…here is his finished handiwork:
Here he is relaxing on our new porch swing with Jake after he was finished:
Hope everybody has a great week…more archive posts to follow…will feature some of Anna’s dragonfly pictures next week!