We’re by the end of May, and it’s definitely time for a garden update! It’s about six weeks ago since my daughter and I built the garden beds, and planted our seeds. You can read about how we did it here.
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. – Gertrude Jekyll
For us there was no other choice than doing everything Organic. That means a little more work, but it’s definitely worth it. So far our only challenges have been; a baby rabbit eating our strawberries, and some kind of leaf bug on our radishes. The signs of a bug visiting the plant, is only on the green part of the radishes, and not on the actual radish. They have to be very small, because there’s nothing I can see by just looking at them. The radishes are among the vegetables that we are harvesting every day, they are big, and taste great. To get rid of whatever bug eating the leaves we are spraying them with a mixture of equal amounts of apple cider vinegar, and water. It seem to help.
You have to get up and plant the seed and see if it grows, but you can’t just wait around, you have to water it and take care of it. – Bootsy Collins
We also put dried coffee grounds around the garden beds, and sprinkled on the top soil. Our garden is shaped like an “L”, we have radishes on both ends of the “L”, they both have the same problem, not other garden bed are bothered by bugs. Since we started the apple cider vinegar, and coffee ground treatment, it’s getting much better. The radishes are flourishing, so I’m not overly worried about the bugs.
No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. – Thomas Jefferson
We’ve been blessed with a couple good rains since we planted our garden six weeks ago, something that have been very beneficial.
We’ve harvested a lot of cilantro, and I mean A LOT. The basil, thyme, and oregano are also doing fine. The day before I decided to take the pictures, I harvested what was left, and used it for a big stew I was making, so no photos of the herbs for the moment. I’ve harvested them on a daily basis for a couple weeks, and decided to completely cut them down, and let them grow back. Herbs taste so good when they are young, and fresh.
I’m thinking of re-planting a couple of the garden beds. Dig them out, and plant celery, maybe some artichokes as well. I didn’t plant celery, and artichokes. In fact I’ve never had, but after visiting one of my friends gardens this weekend, I’m tempted to give it a try. The temperature is going to be in the three digits for the rest of the week, so I might wait until the worst heat wave is over, before doing that.
Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. – May Sarton
This garden project that I am doing with my daughter, is a lot of fun. It inspire us to learn more about gardening together, and gives some continuity to our days. We have to take care of the garden every day. It actually made me start thinking about how it would be to homeschool her. We both love projects, I have the teaching background. I know we could do it. Still thinking about if it’s the right thing for us, while looking into different ways of doing it. If anyone of you have experience of homeschooling, I would love to hear about it! From the research I’ve done, I see that there’s a lot of different ways to do it.
Before it gets to hot, it’s going to be over 100 in a few hours, we’re going to our next project. Ariel have very fast become the highlight of our day.
Enjoy this beautiful day!
Love & Light, Always