|Red raspberries begin to ripen immediately after cherries are harvested|
|Nanking bush cherries ready to fill a Memorial Day pie|
How Love burns through the Putting in the Seed
On through the watching for that early birth
When, just as the soil tarnishes with weed,
The sturdy seedling with arched body comes
Shouldering its way and shedding the earth crumbs.
"Soil tarnishes with weed," appropriate mental image. Some people ask what's the organic way to control weeds. The best approach IMO is to actually get down on hands and knees and pull every single weed by hand after a good rain once. Then, cover space between plants with cardboard or newspaper, and layer grass clippings, straw, or mulched leaves on top. This approach keeps weeds down for us all summer. Except in the corn, where my Mantis tiller and a hoe do a fine job once or twice until towering stalks shade the earth.
|These short carrots were harvested from our cold frame|
Summer crops of cukes, green beans, zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers are soon coming. Happy Memorial Day and happy gardening season as we celebrate the unofficial start of summer.
|Love these helpers!|
|The vegetable garden in May|
|Lettuce, broccoli, and peas on the fence (volunteer sunflower to the right)|
|Huge pea pods with 12 peas swelling inside|
|Spring garden to the left, summer garden center, and corn patch right|