August 7, 2011
Garden Update ~ Early August
I don't remember the name of these bulbs, but I sure love them. I have to get out to the garden in the morning to catch them in full bloom though, they close up and go to sleep by early afternoon.
Despite the few days of sunny weather, our garden is moving along. I'm pulling out onions and zucchini daily and just about everything has something that looks like a vegetable growing. The corn is almost to the bottom of the second pink row going up on Molly's overalls. I figured out I can watch the corn's progress by comparing it to the color rows on her pants. I walked around and got some photos of just baby veggies the other day.
Yesterday I filled a box with lots of treats: two kinds of zucchini, crookneck squash, three kinds of beets, red cabbage, broccoli, a dozen artichokes, shallots, onions, squash flowers of every kind of squash I have, (Don't want to take too many from one plant.), fresh rosemary and lavender.
The husband of a dear friend of mine, who passed away in 2009, lives in the house behind my garden and there was some interesting commotion going on. I recognized his daughter, whom I haven't seen in awhile, Wasipi. I was glad to see her. I've been wanting to thank her for reminding me of the Green Tortoise's Baja adventure. Something, we'd want to go on, but I had forgotten about. After she told me of her 15 day whale watching adventure, I checked it out. We ended up having an unforgettable Thanksgiving on a secluded beach in Baja with a small group of wonderful people. Turns out, yesterday was Steve's 90th birthday and they were getting ready setting up the celebration in his backyard. I was happy to fill a bag with some fresh veggies and nasturtiums for their salad.
I dropped some veggies off to another friend on the way home who likes to cook with fresh ingredients. She's just started doing some cooking and baking without animal products. Felicia told me she had never eaten a beet in her life. Lucky her, most of us were introduced to beets as canned, overcooked, remnants of their original form. I am not surprised when someone's first reaction to beets is negative. She gets to try beets for the first time, tender and fresh out of the garden. My husband never liked them until we started eating them fresh and most times raw. The golden beets are so tender when fresh picked I can eat them like an apple.