Our gardens are reaching their peak of productivity. Everywhere I look, plants are converting the sun’s energy and the abundant rains into delicious, healthy food. We have never had such an abundant year. In addition to the weather, I think the soil has much to do with our success. When I dig down under the mulch, I come away with handfuls of beautiful soil. We are seeing more animals in the garden. (I hope the birds leave enough cherries for us!) We have had so many strawberries, my sons don’t even want to eat them anymore. I made 16 pints of strawberry jam and I could make more. I have been giving them away as gifts as well because we will not eat that much strawberry jam in one year. Enjoy the photos. I wish you could see the gardens in person.
Strawberries….we are picking at least two full colanders of strawberries every day.
Here are a few ripe strawberries, ready to be picked, growing on the hugelkultur mound.
The cherries are getting ripe too, both on the tree and bushes. Perhaps tomorrow morning they will be ready to harvest to make a cherry pie. If I get enough, I will preserve them for future pies as well.
The goumi bushes are also loaded with their wonderfully tart fruit. We have been eating them by the handfuls and sharing them with the birds.
The currant bushes are covered and the fruit will be ready for jelly any day now.
The black raspberries are not too far behind….
These are peaches growing on one of the trees my sons started from a pit. This is its first year with fruit and we are excited to see how they taste.
And then there will be blueberries….
And lots and lots of apples….
I could post photos of the potatoes, tomatoes, peas, corn, beans and so many other fruit but I will leave it for another entry. Nature is bountiful and I am very, very thankful.
-- "To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves." M. Gandhi