the kale has a mind of its own and wants to fulfill its namesake as a dino(saur). the parsnips are curious. they take a very long time so they’re testing my patience. but we have decided to stick with it and see what happens this winter.
we are very heavy on beans this year as they did well for us last year: scarlet runner, rattlesnake, romano, red cranberry. it’s also insanely rewarding to have your own dried beans.
8.8 and boe farm is looking very much the summer-to-fall garden lately.
- our current harvest basket looks like a cornucopia, ushering in autumn; every harvest is better with flowers, don’t you think?
- the mexican oregano is thriving in boe, after moving from foe; the garlic chives is sprinting for fall;
- this new chrysanthemum family addition is an insect repellent; we keep meaning to make a soap out of the dried leaves;
- as usual, we have more lovage than an entire village needs, but are happy this fat caterpillar has found a comfy hammock;
- the rattlesnake beans are having a rave;
- the huacatay and the lemon verbena are both flowering, sending out tiny, delicate blossoms;
- pierre is siring offsprings at a steady pace;
- our first japanese cucumber, grown in san francisco! look optickitty!
- and the italian broccolis are poking up their heads.
the feeling i get when i’m in the garden is incomparable. the scent of the tomato and zucchini leaves, the lemon verbena when i rub against them, the fresh greenness of the favas. i feel so alive and grateful.
it’s hard to believe how vibrant and generous nature is. the colors and textures of all this goodness: red velvet lettuce, waldmann’s dark green lettuce, chocolate cherry tomatoes (thank you starryowl5!), rattlesnake beans, scarlet runner beans (this plant is from last year’s stump!), meraviglia di venezia beans (from last year’s one and only remaining seed), potimarron squash, dino kale, romanesco artichoke, sage and purple carrots.
the satisfaction grows ever more as we have grown all of these from seeds, except for the artichoke and sage. we continue to learn from the earth.