Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Lovely sunny weekend up-island .. temperatures in the 30’s and hot, hot, hot …. Till we came back home to the rain. However, the sun returned here yesterday and continues so that is a good sign.
I had added quite a lot of EM to the garden on Friday and so it was nice to see that the plants are growing well. Especially the squash and the tomatoes. In particular, a tired sunflower, missing the companionship of the garlic, had begun to lean over an topple to the ground. So I braced it up with a garden fork … but the pore ole thing still continued to topple. So I watered it quite well with EM … and today, 4 days later, the lovely plant is doing much better and the flower is starting to open. Pics tomorrow.
Lots of cherries .. and lots for the birds. I froze some and dehydrated some in the oven. Lovely to have fruit from the garden.
There will be a surplus of apples in the garden .. so we’ll be sharing them with friends. If I had a cider press, I would think of having cider made .. but .. perhaps I can find out the details of having them pressed somewhere .. something to check out.
I was quite content this afternoon to work away outside in the yard .. until the “noisy” neighbour decided to used his shredder outside. I can only imagine that he gathers branches from nearby yards, cause he really doesn’t have much left in his little tiny yard .. to shred. He is the type that leaves the machine running while he tip toes around the yard, sweeping up leaves. Not exactly true, but you get the picture! So instead of trying to have yet another “conversation” with him .. I decided to come inside for a little peace and quiet.
Funny how some people feel a need to make noise with machinery in the faint pursuit of gardening, while others are content to mulch and garden more quietly. It’s a world, though, isn’t it.
Today I’m drying sea lettuce and some bull kelp, freshly gathered. The yard smells quite ocean-like and the time was quiet while I was carefully drying my lovely garden gold!
Reminds me of a conversation that I had recently with some visitors from the Netherlands. The whole family, except for mom .. flew sailplanes .. so we had the opportunity to talk a little about gardening. Sadly, seaweed is not readily available in that country and when it is . .it is quite expensive. I feel so lucky that I’m able to just get in my car and go up-island to gather some.
Ah .. lovely lovely summer days …. So energizing to just go outside and enjoy the quiet …. Yes .. the quiet .. my noisy neighbour has finished his machine work for now .. so I’ll take advantage of the restfulness of this time.