Happy Solstice…Ode to the Garden

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.

the garden just after rain

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.

Potatoes and pole beans in the dark

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.

the portable herb garden

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.

garden in sunlight

i’m out and happy solstice

3 thoughts on “Happy Solstice…Ode to the Garden

  1. Dear Ginger:

    The garden looks great! Bravo on all those pepper plants. Here in upstate New York we’ve had a weird spring planting season, cool with very little rain, so a lot of seeds didn’t germinate and the cutworms and moles have been on a tear. The moles keep mining underneath my carefully planted rows and leaving me with three or four vegetable remnants. Any mole hunting advice cheerfully accepted.

    Hey, Ginger, when you get a chance, if you would move me out of GF Brewing Source Links and into GF Food Blogs, it would be appreciated. Heaven help anyone who wanted brewmeister advice from me!

    -Happy Solstice!

    -Rachel

  2. Rachel,
    Whoops, I am laughing pretty hard now. When I finally added you recently I guess I didn’t look closely enough at my categories! So sorry! I do need some GF brewing advice if anyone has any.
    I have never had a problem with moles, but I will ask my dad if he has any “organic” mole advice as he was an Ag extension director for 20 years. I have the problem of the squirrels chasing each other through the veggie plants and believing that they are certain they left a walnut buried right next to my baby pepper plant. I raise all those green chile’s as I love NM roasted green chiles (well, all NM food really) and since they are hard to come by in MI, I grow and roast my own for those weak moments like green chile cheese tots.
    I will ask my two entomologists friends for cut worm advice. I am loaded with sources! I am probably lucky as my yard was never gardened until I bought the house and all the shade trees started falling down. Now I have a sunny yard and the bugs haven’t caught up with me yet in 5 years.
    Happy Solstice to you to!
    Ginger

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