Fresh from the garden and summer fun

Hello again,

I am noticing that it is really hard to keep up with computer work when the weather is so nice outside. I have been spending my evenings walking with the kids and the dog, and sitting on the deck reading my book in the last of the suns rays. That does mean however that my blog is getting neglected.

With all this summer heat the kids have been outside in the yard a lot. I am so happy that I got a little splash pool last year, They are in it almost everyday.

Ava looking for a leaf to eat
Leah investigating the tomato plants
Pool fun to cool off

I am so happy for the few rainstorms we have had the last couple of days. The garden is so happy, there are so many new blooms everyday. I have a new variety of day lily that I can’t find the name of, but it is really showy!

Day lily

The hydrangeas are hitting peak and so are many others.

Hydrangea
The bees loves the gladiolas

My dad got us a beautiful double Hibiscus for our summer planter, it is stunning.

Hibiscus

Our gardens are growing and producing rapidly too. Leah really enjoys eating the borage flowers, and I can’t keep Ava out of the basil.

Leah loves borage flowers

We have been eating zucchini almost every night for almost a month. The beets, carrots, and potatoes are growing well. I can’t wait to try them. I tore out the last of the spring lettuce so that I could plant another section of beet to last us later into the fall. I think I need to find a new place to grow peas and beans. They just don’t seem happy in the place I have them. Sounds like another garden expansion to plan over the winter. The tomatoes are full of green tomatoes, I hope they start to ripen soon!

I harvested and dried a bunch of Dill this week, Ava loves to give me a hand. I have also tried my hand at making dill pickles this year and so far so good! I opened one jar already and its mostly gone. Its one of my favourite summer things.

Ava helping pick dill leaves for drying.
Homemade Dill Pickles.

Off to the cottage I go! I dont really have internet access up there which is awesome. It is a good time to set down the phone and play games and have fun with the whole family.

 

Puttering in the garden

Feels like summer is finally here!

I got the summer planters up and potted up on the deck and the garden is brimming with life. The fig looks like we might actually get some fruit this year.

Planters on the deck

I got some much needed weeding done while the girls were doing one of their favourite summer activities, painting packing paper that has been taped down to the deck. They have complete freedom as it is outside, and we just turn the hose on the kids and the deck after.

The lettuce is tasting great and growing faster than we can eat it, The beets and carrots are getting eaten by I think peter cotton tail, or maybe his chipmunk friend. I think they realize that a Pomeranian is not the most vicious and can outrun her.  There are lots of games of chicken that seem to be happening, it is rather entertaining to watch them interact.

Ginger sunbathing in the garden and monitoring the squirrel activity.

It is great to have my kitchen planters back too. Fresh basil, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, dill, mint, and many others make all the food taste so much better. The girls love grazing in the gardens everyday. I have to keep an eye on my mint and sorrel, Ava is eating faster than I can harvest it for dinners.

Nasturtium flower

We will soon have some peas, and zucchini ready to eat, I have a feeling i will be making lots of zucchini bread, in the future.  I can’t believe how tall my potato plants are getting, they are almost outgrown the tomatoes. I hope they give us a good crop.  The peppers are really liking the heat and have produced lots of babies that are working on ripening. I am going to pickle a bunch of hot peppers again this year. I just opened last years batch and it would appear that I need a slightly different recipe with less mustard seed in it.

Peas
Zucchini

The hops have really taken off this year too and promptly climbed all the way up the deck railing and are quickly running out of space. I have heard of pickling the hop shoots, so I might give that a go, apparently its similar to a pickled asparagus.

Golden hops