Monday, July 23, 2012
Sunday was quite the day .. with the skies changing from overcast, cloudy …to bright and sparkling blue .. decorated with quite a beautiful changing series of amazing clouds. So I spent some time just admiring the scenery and clicking away.
It was also a lazy day .. we are usually away on the weekends, but the weather wasn’t the best for flying .. so it was stay at home for us. I don’t mind these types of weekends. Lots of time to just not rush around .. time to slow down and enjoy. So we did.
Outside, looking around the yard, amazed at the changes brought about by the addition of the EM to the garden. Never have the fruit trees bore so much fruit. I am so very very happy that I took the Organic Master Garden course (Gaia college) .. it totally changed my way of gardening forever.
And the “shifting of paradigms” as noted at the beginning of the course is so true .. my view of gardening has gone in a whole new direction. I am aware now of the worlds beneath my feet .. the living beings that inhabit the soil and transform it into a healthy growing medium for plants. Healthy soil = healthy plants. And as I gaze around my yard I see the proof.
More about that on a later date. Today I just want to share the joy that I feel as I walk around my garden.
I’ve made enquiries about where to have the bountiful crop of apples transformed into lovely apple cider .. no rush, they won’t be ready for a few months yet .. but I want to be ready! Last year I’d made jams, baked pies .. but want to try my hand at the cider. Having not done this before and how fun to sip on cider from the trees.
I’d found sites on making cherry wine from frozen … so might try that … however, I’ve gotten into the habit of using the frozen cherries (from our tree) as ice cubes in summer drinks. And they taste delicious at the bottom of the glass, plus, vitamin C!
The squash, cucumber and zucchini plants are starting to grow tendrils so I’m trying to find things to use for guides .. tree branches, that sort of thing.
My lovely garlic crop is drying beneath the sundeck. I spent some time hanging groups of them from nails along the boards …. planning which ones I will save for the fall crop.
Looked at the veggie bed .. planning more garlic rows .. for more garlic. This time I’ll give the cloves a bit more space for them to grow. I’d tried growing some in containers, resulted in smaller cloves .. so won’t do that again.
Heavy crop of raspberries and blueberries. Really enjoy just going outside everyday and picking a basket of them for us. Memories of days spent on a relative’s farm … hot sunny days, fun times.
The plum trees are fully laden. We have three types: Italian (large plump fruits); tiny purple (don’t know the type) and another type of medium purple (again, don’t know type) .. they are all good .. and so I might have these made into something like wine or whatever .. depends on how much fruit makes it to the end of the season. Plus, this year I’ll spread out tarps to collect the dropping fruit .. easier to clean up. To avoid the end of the season hornet attacks .. I’ve been picking up all fallen fruit daily and over to the compost they go.
Admiring the green lush growth of the grass .. where the seaweed has dripped … not that I’m into lawn, but, I like to maintain what we have. Notice that there are fewer dandelions growing throughout ..a sign that the lawn has been receiving nutrients required, the extra vitamin C is no longer required, there is sufficient now, it seems.
There are still perennials to be planted .. I’ve arranged them in the approximate areas where I’d like them to grow … and so today I think .. is the day to do this!
Beautiful sunny day and now I’m on my way.
A – planting – I – will – go! Goodby – procrastination! Hello – happy plants in their new places!