Last week, in the garden (June 13)
Last night, in the garden. (Forgive the different angle, I swapped out lenses this week)
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Oh my goodness, what a blissful week in the garden this has been! There have been no pests to contend with, we've had the perfect balance of sun and rain, and I've found myself able to make the time I need to spend working in there. Garlic scapes, lettuce and radishes are still the few things we're harvesting to eat, but we are enjoying them so, and very watchful on the things that come next. Everything is growing, and and growing well at the moment - cucumbers included (at last!). The work of the week has been weeding, mulching and thinning a little bit (a note I never seem to remember from year to year - planting carrot seeds with children results in a ridiculous amount of Mama time thinning later, oh my).
There have been two exciting developments in the garden this week. First, the sheep have joined us in the back half of this pasture (we divided it in half for the front to be garden). They are so delighted with all the fresh and tasty new meals to be found within that spot that we hardly see them at all, silly sheep. But we hear them, and once in a while they'll grace us with a hello while we're working in the garden. It's so lovely to have them there for a little while.
Secondly, with so much of our days being spent in the garden this time of year, we kept finding ourselves sitting down on stumps and rocks and laying down on grass when a quick little break was needed. This garden needed a place to sit down! And so we spent a little bit of time doing that - tidying up the back of the garden shed (formerly a chicken coop) by removing the plywood nesting boxes and slapping on a windowed door (which happily adds a little bit more light on the inside) to cover the hole, adding some potted and planted flowers (clematis to grow up the side posts), making some art with the kids, and moving some outdoor furniture from somewhere else. It's simple and it's make-do-with-what-we-had, but goodness, it is lovely. Lovely to have a place for the babes to rest a while and read a book near us when they tire of working in the garden themselves (miss Annabel napped out there yesterday), lovely to have a place to stop for just a moment as I look something up in a gardening book, and most lovely at the end of a long day of work and play to sit here with my loves over garden cocktails and tales of our day. A blissful week in the garden - yes, yes, yes.