look at the mist on Strachan's Brook...this is at about 5:30 am:
it's quite something isn't it? here it is about 1 hour later:
today we had a really awesome day!
jam finished building the pea bed and i planted 100 peas!
everyone asks us if the caging around all of our beds is to keep out deer and rabbits. we have deer and rabbit all over this area of the island but they pretty much keep to themselves. we have an occasional rabbit come on our land but they just eat the clover in the front and back yard. we have never had a problem with wild animals in our gardens (knock on wood!). no - the cages are for our cats!!! all 3 of them love nothing more than being able to play in the beds after harvest. our first year here we learned after we had planted a bunch of stuff and went out later in the day and all of the beds had been dug up by cats. our cats!
i did 9 rows of 3 types of beets and 5 rows of 2 kinds of radish - wooho!
i also did some more brassicas. i hate to do this to you, friends, but we had our very first salad from the greenhouse today. and lobster.
the salad is red-veined sorrel, mizuna, microgreens, chives, green onion, parsley, mint and lemon balm. all that we grew ourselves! that salad was deelish!
and fantastic news - true to their word Vessey's expedited 25 more strawberry plants to me that we received on tuesday. jam spent the afternoon weeding our existing hugelkulture and adding compost and seaweed. these strawberries are albion strawberries and will go in the hugelkulture in the morning - i can't wait!
we are incredibly fortunate to have a ton of wild raspberries, blackberries and cranberries growing on our land. until we start a proper orchard we get the best blueberries and apples from our friend d. the only thing that we felt we were missing were the strawberries. these strawberries produce small but delicious fruit all summer and well into autumn. according to vessey's, these strawberries will produce until october if you live in a temperate climate. woohoo - eating fresh strawberries in october - now that's something!
tomorrow will be another full day of planting - we have to transplant 16 pepper plants that we overwintered and that's going to be a task. but all of the pepper plants have turned into bushes and they are covered in flowers. then i have to get everything re-arranged in my little greenhouse in the house in order to start cucumber and zucchini - woohoo! this will be a busy couple of days - but good ones. i hope that you are all having fun out in your gardens too!