What a mixed bag on Harvest Monday! As always, you can see more harvests from around the world by checking out the others hosted at daphne’s dandelions.
In case you missed it, we did have a butterfly emerge in the house, though we still haven’t found the chrysalis. Last Friday we took it to the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park in Dallas to be released in their butterfly house. This was our list pic before leaving.
I hope it has a long and happy life, and once again thank the fabulous Garden Cafe for their commitment to local foods, organics and delicious menu for giving us this unexpected gift when they sold us a sprig of dill and a sprig of mint a few weeks ago.
The mint rooted and is now in a pretty pot on the patio, waiting to fulfill all my many mint needs!
I never thinned my carrots last fall so yesterday I pulled about half of them and replanted the teensiest ones. I don’t know if they’ll continue to grow. Time will tell. Also found one round radish, one teensy-teensy cauliflower and snipped some red and green mustards.
Friday I spent a number of hours getting our largest raised bed ready and planted various seeds, as you can see below:
And then to make sure (and also rush the season) we bought some lettuce, kale, and other plants which I added yesterday.
It’s such a glorious time of year. It has been almost one year since we started this experiment in backyard farming, and it has been the most fun ever, not to mention, fascinating and rewarding. For every failure we’ve had a success, even if it’s small. We are learning all the time and will be reaping the benefits for years to come, I hope.
This week I stumbled across references to a couple of books that looked like they might be good, but the reviews are more mixed (and the negatives more heavily weighted) than I like to see. Has anyone read either of these? Thumbs up or down? And I Shall Have Some Peace There: Trading in the Fast Lane for My Own Dirt Road and The Backyard Parables: Lessons on Gardening, and Life by Margaret Roach.
Tell me how your garden is growing! Or not. Or what you’ve eaten good lately. Yum, I am making myself hungry now.