We have been spending a lot of time in the garden lately. Today was a rainy kind of day, but we were lucky to have a break in the rain long enough to get more things planted.
Raina was my garden helper today. We planted plenty of squash all along the fence line with the intention of growing them vertically, up the fence. Raina carefully made each little hole and dropped each precious seed inside, carefully covered one after the other, and asked her little seeds to grow.
After planting the seeds, we went over to check on the seeds that were planted last week. “Look, Mama!” Raina called out. “Little sprouts! Awww, they are so cute!”
Yes, these guys are coming along nicely! They sprouted faster than I anticipated and they are growing fast. Can’t wait for that delicious squash…
As my official garden helper, Raina helped me put together a pea trellis out of old curly willow branches. We are hoping this latest planting of peas will be fruitful – a tricky goat ate our ready-to-harvest peas a few days ago, just before I went outside to collect them. Sad!
The rest of the garden is flourishing. Cucumbers are coming along well (these are the only starters that survived the attack of the bunny a few months back).
My beautiful thyme makes me think of my brother. He gifted this plant to us last summer when we first moved here, and it was the first thing I planted on this farm.
Tomato flowers: small and simple, yet so beautiful. I love tomato flowers. There are many in the garden now, and plenty of tiny little green beginner tomatoes that will be juicy, mouth-watering goodness before we know it!
And look! The radishes are almost ready, too!
There is something about being in the garden that fills me right up. Maybe it’s the smell of the soil, or how a slight breeze feels so amazingly refreshing when you’re sweating in the sun. Maybe it’s the delicious scent of basil and tomato plants that wafts over the garden, filling my senses as I dig and weed. Maybe it’s the promise of mouth-watering food, of hard work well-paid. Maybe it’s the peace that descends over us all when we’re out there – the quiet that falls over my children (the squabbling and whining always stops), the feeling of calm-centredness that takes root in my belly, the laid-back & relaxed way we interact with each other, the smiles and giggles and new discoveries. Whatever it is, the garden does indeed fill me, and on many days there is no place I’d rather be.
Watching my children in the garden is nothing short of amazing, inspiring. They look at everything with curiosity and a sense of innocent wonder, delighting in each new miracle of life. Ladybugs, potato bugs, caterpillars, Earth worms, moths, butterflies, ants, golden rod, nettle, thistles, edible “weeds”, milk weed, grubs, “picker” plants – all of it brings forth exclamations of excitement and awe. When we leave the garden, we are filthy, sweaty, and completely happy.
A few of our younger ladies have recently started laying. See that egg, so small beside the rest? When the hens first start to lay, their eggs are quite petite. Raina loves these little eggs. She cradles them in her hands, stroking the smooth shell and cooing over the cuteness, the tininess.