Hello! I'm lucky enough to live in college housing with a lovely garden in the back yard that I'll be working on all summer.
Everything in the garden seems to be suddenly producing at once! It’s very very exciting, I’ve been waiting eagerly for harvesting and preserving, but it’s also pretty stressful.
Today we began freezing broccoli and summer squash, berries and cabbage. I’m really excited to learn all I can about preserving different vegetables.
Unfortunately I’m without a camera now, so I’ll be updating with photos a lot less frequently. But things are still exciting and challenging here at my garden. I hope you all are well
Does anyone know of any small organic farms, or gardens near I-80 through Illinois, or near I-94 through Indiana and Michigan who would welcome visitors passing through? A friend and I are going on a trip and would love to make a few pit stops to admire some alternative agriculture.
Why is it that people usually celebrate the Summer Solstice by releasing large amounts of carbon into the air? Instead of a Burning Man, this solstice we will have a burning barefoot at Barefoot Gardens that my friend George and I spent the afternoon building.
I can’t wait to celebrate!!
Because our garden is so large, and on a hill, it’s very hard to get pictures that encompass the entire space. The top photo is partly down the hill, though there is another plot even lower. The bottom left is the top center, and the right photo is just to the right of center plot.
I’m so, so, grateful and joyous to live on such a beautiful place.
Our first tomatoes of the year came from a gnarly looking volunteer plant which made its appearance in the sage that we brought inside for the winter!
The plant doesn’t look too healthy, but it’s fruit is delicious!
It has been a very busy week which is one reason why I’ve been mostly absent online. We were hustling to get all we could in the ground, now that it is finally dry enough.
I’ve also been struggling to learn about communication through working with two other people this summer. I’d like to talk more about that in a longer text post sometime soon, as a way to hopefully connect with other gardeners, small-scale farmers, or young people.
We went to check on our trees at the farm and they’re doing good but all the alfalfa we planted to restore nitrogen in the soil and loosen the earth is getting to overwhelming heights!
The rain has finally given us a break so this morning we planted some squash and some pumpkins. And I cultivated some little plants that had been neglected under the row covers.
The next few days we will be weeding, and cultivating like crazy in order to make up for all the hydration the little weeds received. As long as I keep my back straight, I don’t mind the work, I’ve been listening to Laura Marling and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as I work.
What do you listen to while in the garden?
Itoamika Jung Jung’s Knit Vegetables
Wow! These are beautiful!
These are so lovely!
It seems I won’t have a camera on hand for the next week, so I’ll post pictures when I can.
Today we had a sunny day for the first time in quite a while. We took the opportunity to plant even though the soil conditions were not ideal.
We planted some squash and cabbage into mud basically. I know I worry too much when it comes to the garden, but with all the rain, and wind, and bunnies, our garden has taken a toll the past week.
What did you do in your garden today?