Since I think it makes a healthier ecosystem to mix flowers in among vegetables, I have encouraged flower reseeding in the Plot Against Hunger garden. When you do this sort of thing, like a vegetable only garden, it needs managing. In the past couple weeks, I’ve cleared out many of the flowers inside the garden, opening up space for the cucumbers, squashes and watermelon to grow.
Speaking of squash, we’re getting some zucchini.
Jane harvested the remaining beets, turnips and carrots in the large outside garden and cleaned up and weeded as she wrote “to the left of the rose bush.” It’s a pretty neat looking garden at this point.
Something was getting into the small garden and eating the carrot tops and the pepper plants. What eats pepper plants? So I harvested all the carrots to clear out any cover the plant criminal was enjoying. I will spare you pictures of the carrots, which were lovely, because even well-disposed readers can only see so many photos of root vegetables. I hope to deliver them to the AFAC cooler at the farm market tomorrow.
The border around the large garden is gorgeous. I’ve been encouraging the volunteers to cut bouquets for themselves as the border will blossom longer.
I cut a bouquet for myself on this July 4th weekend.
Since I’m having some people over for the Fourth, I’ve been planning for another simple meal, which will include a beet salad. I also have so many beet greens that tonight I made a curry with them, adding chick peas and almonds to the mix. It was delicious. Summer is grand.