The summer solstice was celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere today. For us, it symbolizes the first day of summer as well as it marks the longest day of the year. From here on out, our days will ever so slightly begin to get shorter until we reach the Winter Solstice in December. Since my last garden post, it’s been a very warm few weeks. The sun and the barometer have both been rising with power. Yes, it’s hot, sticky and it has brought light to a lot of insects. The up side as I need to remind myself, is the life it pumps into the growth and green around us.
My garden has really bounced from a ‘starting garden’ to a garden in full gear. Everything that I’ve planted 2-3 weeks ago has at least doubled in size. In addition to the veg garden, the berry patches are full of flowers and ready to blossom. This year I had a surprise bush pop up-the redcurrant (Johannes Beere).
Redcurrant or Johannes Beere
This berry is very popular in Europe, as it’s used in cooking, jelly making, and used in syrups. But for us American girls, the redcurrant still holds a mystery to me. What I do know about it is that it’s a treat-it’s a tad sweet with a tart finish. I’m looking forward to making a nice batch of jelly for us to enjoy, and I hope this bush returns to our garden for years to come.
Beans and Peas
I’ve laced string for the beans and peas to attach to, thus allowing the pods to be exposed to the light and hang for a perfect growing environment. The zucchini which were also started from seed have made some amazing progress. In my opinion, you can never have too many zucchini plants in the garden.
With any luck, I’ll be making everything from fritters, to stuffed zucchini, to jarred pickled zucchini, and maybe even some zucchini jelly. The tomato and pepper seeds are late, I know, but I’m hoping the summer sun will give them the energy boost they need to catch up. I’ve been giving the veg. garden a weekly watering of my special-home-made nutrient rich compost tea which is made from rain water, borage, nettle and comfrey leaves. In addition, they get a daily soaking from collected rain water (which is far better than any domestic water for the garden)
In these first few weeks of spring, we’ve had a large bee population visiting the garden They all seem to love, love love the nepita. In particular, we have the “hummingbird moth” or the “Hemaris” and the oh so sweet bumble bees. They all seem to comb over the blooms of the nepita. I’m so glad to have this plant thriving as it does in my garden. I know it’s responsible for bringing in our delightful visitors.
Enjoy a few more garden shots