There is nothing better than a summer morning, just as the sun rises and being in the garden! The sound of business only come from the birds chirping and the occasional crow from our little rooster. The air is still cool and calm. Bliss!
First stop is the goats. Getting their morning ration of hay, grain and giving Ivy a check, which is due to kid any day now. She is nice and round, but no signs that she will be giving birth today. The anticipation of new little kids hopping around keeps me going to the barn several times a day with excitement.
Watering chores are done early before the heat to arrives. My favorite tool is a watering wand, the gentle flow of water is soothing to me and with the many potted plants around the garden, a little joy in a chore never hurts.
Checking the potato crop, I noticed the purple blooms. So a little digging around in the deep mulch layer found a handful of new potatoes for dinner tonight. These are my favorite type of potatoes. While the potato crop grows, I continue to mulch with compost around the plant, piling higher and higher until the compost reaches about a foot thick, making a perfect bed for new potatoes and a super easy harvest. New potatoes are so succulent and tender, they melt in your mouth. Their little skin just falls right off with the slightest rub. Cut into fourths, tossed with some fresh herbs and olive oil, grilled or baked makes a great easy side dish for a summer supper. Fresh! Luckily we will harvest new potatoes for the new several weeks until the foliage starts to die back, then it’s time for the main harvest.
Boysenberries are in full swing now and picking daily is a must! Purple hands are a dead give away where I has hiding out this morning. Morning is the best time to pick most crops, as they are usually sweeter and juicier. A rustic berry tart is on the dessert menu tonight! They get an extra drink of water while they are fruiting. We are looking forward to the Triple Crown Blackberry harvest coming up shortly. They are loaded with green berries and white blossoms. I planted a Triple Crown Blackberry on our back patio winding around one of the pillars. What a fun focal point. And, you can eat it too! A toss of some acidic rich fertilizer for the last time this year and a layer of compost over the top gives them a boost and promotes healthy new growth for next years berries as well.
My two garden helpers, Casper and Mabes are on the prowl lurking around the bushes
as we go from spot to spot making sure they don’t miss out on anything. Casper is getting up there in years, but still enjoys the garden. While we adopted Mabes, a six-year-old active cat about two months ago, hoping for a mouser, when in deed, again, another cats whose only interest is in the delectable food easy captured in her bowl, but chasing butterflies seem to be a favorite. As well as Casper, Mabes has keen typing skills (computer terrors) as well. She has been a fun addition to the little farm.
The last of the peas were harvested this morning. Hot temperatures slowed up the crops enough to warrant a new crop in their place. Pickling cucumbers will replace their spot after a good amendment of compost goes in. In six weeks time we will be adding to the pantry, dilly pickles, bread and butter pickles and some sweet gherkins.
Light pruning, weeding and harvesting every morning keep things under control and while these could be daunting at times if not kept under control, a little work in the morning goes a long way and brings peace to the soul.