This is a bit of a departure from my normal monthly round up and reflection……because…..at the eleventh hour my old camera was found…..and although the camera itself was pretty dead, the memory card still worked……it was a beautiful reminder of the importance and joy of being part of a beautiful community.
It’s the time of year to start keeping a close eye on all the beans……depending on how you intend to store them will dictate when to begin harvesting. I need to start harvesting the beans which I will freeze as ‘demi-sec’. A long awaited treat is my reward for the day’s work…..I prepare one of my favourite meals in the shed with produce harvested just seconds before…..
The garden is looking a bit tatty so it’s time to get out the tools and have a bit of a tidy up. I also get to play with some brand new net tunnels.
It is time to start harvesting the lavender – one of the most heavenly jobs to do in the garden……a time to go slowly and indulge in the moment. The herb bed was planted a little over a year ago and has done really well……most of the plants are happily established now……some of them too well so it’s time for a rethink and a rejig….
I’m always on the hunt for material to mulch with…….I have used up all the grass clippings I made from the communal mowing so it’s time to look elsewhere…..I head to the compost bins. I also make the most of a tiny bit of free soil space to sow some more seeds…..
After days of torrential rain and some hail…..plus some very strong winds it’s time to get back to the garden to assess and fix any damage…….a lot of my plot friends had the same idea. Did my bean arches survive?
As the summer crops come out of the ground I make the most of the space it creates to plant dozens of brassicas which will give me beautiful fresh food to compliment my stored produce over winter.
Never compost your pea pods again with this super simple soup recipe…..it really is a beautiful, light soup, perfect for the summer…..try it to believe it.
It’s that time of year when the harvests start to come in fast…..and when I need to harvest to make room for the next crops…..but new to me this year is harvesting the lentils…….how will I get on with them?
At the beginning of August the garden is looking at it’s most lush with new veggies popping up all over.