Ah, this week in the garden has been a lovely one. The first of the sunflowers has appeared and with that, it feels as though we've reached the height of summer. The garden feels full and lush....and full of projects calling our attention too! We are just about to say goodbye to the peas - they seem about done. But oh, the beans! Coming out our ears, as they say. So many beans are coming into the kitchen for fermenting and pickling and freezing right now. And the start of broccoli and cauliflower too, with cabbage right around the corner.
There have been reports of late blight around here this year, which is such a sad thing! I am watching my tomatoes closely and remain hopeful. They are all close to ripening now. For pests, we're still spending a lot of time picking both squash bugs and potato bugs. But so far, the handpicking is keeping all of that at bay. Fingers crossed that stays true.
I think the very last of seeds/seedlings have officially been planted (do I say that every week?). I did add another herb garden bed when I came across some seedlings at a discount. And more carrots went in too, hopeful that I have enough time. I'm starting to think about fall in the garden and what cover crops I should put in some of the beds. I've never quite put the garden 'to bed' properly in the way I want to - but I feel like this year might just be the year.
And the flowers! Oh, the cut flower garden bed is coming alive and I'm so in love with it. Unlike the perennial beds where I feel a little torn cutting sometimes, this bed is entirely made for the purpose of cutting and that I'm doing. Little vases fill the house and are bringing me so much joy. The bees too, are liking this new garden bed, and I think we all agree that it will be something I continue year to year.
Wishing you a most wonderful week in your garden, friends!
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