First, those gorgeous blueberries are not from our garden, but from a nearby farm. We started buying blueberries there the week before last. We were surprised, blueberries in June! We usually don’t see them around here until July. Those cabbages came from the same place. I lost track of how many cabbages we processed, but we ended up with four gallons of sauerkraut that is fermenting in our kitchen as we speak. (We also got that handy dandy fermenting lid from Morning Glory Farm.)
We’re now getting peas in the garden! Bracken harvests those every day, usually after he has visited the raspberry patch. Every harvest basket/container pictured above are Bracken’s. I love taking pictures of his harvests. The one with blackberries in it was from Sunday evening. As soon as we arrived home from the Black Sheep Gathering, Jeff and Bracken headed to the garden to start harvesting. On a walk they found some early blackberries and there were some red huckleberries in the basket as well, along with his usual garden berries.
They also have been harvesting a few radishes. Jeff was surprised I wanted a picture of them. He planted them off in some bed somewhere, not taking care of them much. Basically, they weren’t his prize produce by any means. But I still thought they were beautiful and wanted to photograph some.
We suddenly have so much lettuce coming in right now from the garden that we need to be eating salads every day to keep up. We love salads every day, so are quite happy about it. We’ve been eating our first black currants. The taste is so unique, I’m not sure how to describe them, but we’re enjoying them.
Our small apple tree out front is covered in apples. Our large apple tree out back hardly has any apples on it at all. We prefer the smaller trees and aren’t a fan of the full size trees these days. Easier to harvest, easier to prune. I’ve neglected my lavender, but finally did a little bit of weeding around it. I love lavender. I don’t think I planted an ideal variety for this area and need to ask my neighbor (with such gorgeous lavender plants) what variety she planted.
What else happened in the garden this week? We built some new plant beds (didn’t get pictures of those yet) and got lots of cucumber, bean, and summer squash starts in the ground. We also got the chicken coop cleaned out. Needing that wonderful compost is always a good incentive to get it done.
Oh, and that gorgeous moth? We saw it by our front door last weekend. I’ve always said a moth by the entrance of your home is a good omen (yes, I know they are attracted to the front porch light… shh..) Bracken saw that giant moth and wanted to catch it and keep it for a pet. We said no, it needed to be free. Then a few days later, it got caught in a spiderweb. While Jeff untangled it from the web, I grabbed my camera because I wanted to capture that majestic moth. He had to get quite a bit of web removed from it’s wings. One wing got a bit broken when it had been caught and struggling, but it flew up out of Jeff’s hands and it started flying just fine. It went high above the trees and almost looked like a bird (or a bat) up there, it was so big.