It is the longest day of the year! I love solstice and this year it is on a Friday. Our gang is celebrating with a grill out and that likely will include a bonfire by the end of the evening, that and a few bevies. Luckily for me, several of my friends are trained to memorize ingredients so they can tell me what is in something and several will make a dish that is gluten free (like potato salad).
It is the happiest day of the year for my garden, which is growing gangbusters now that the weather has turned into summer.
Since I am a green thumb blogger, I thought I had better get on with some garden gushing. It amazes me how different the yard can look from one year to the other. This year we added 10 4’x4′ raised beds for the garden. The old garden space is still being used too! It has three rows of potatoes, pole beans and cucumbers in it, along with a gigantic compost bin, well two of those. The strawberries and asparagus are in that area too. We already can’t keep up with the lettuce and greens. The raised bed closest to the house has herbs and the other one has lettuce to make it easier to run out and grab a fresh handful on a second’s notice.
We have quite the list of veggies this year:
Leeks, bunching onions, onions, shallots, 31 heirloom tomato plants, 25 anaheim green chiles, poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, okra, sweet peas, 3 types of eggplant, fennel, collard greens, swiss chard, purple cabbage, spinach, escarole, red lettuce, butter leaf lettuce and romaine lettuce, broccoli, broccoli rabe, brussel sprouts, cucumbers, pole beans, potatoes (all red throughout, all purple and muddled purple and russian bananas), one artichoke plant (keep your fingers crossed), asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb and carrots.
The herbs get their own list:
parsley, both flat and curly, garlic and regular chives, thai basil, holy basil, sweet basil, 2 varieties of cilantro, marjoram, savory, 2 varieties of thyme, lemon verbena, chervil, sage, rosemary, oregano, spearmint, and dill. Hops too, I guess I will count that as an herb.
Even though most of the veggies are in the raised beds, I still find it necessary to weed. Until the plants grow big and close, I guess I will get my weeding exercise.
i’m out and happy solstice