Every morning I walk in my garden, looking at every plant, checking the moisture of the soil, pulling the odd weed (the rice straw and garden cloth have been fantastic at keeping weeds down – highly recommend!) and just generally basking in the beauty of what soil, compost, seeds, and a few sets of hands can accomplish. It’s so satisfying.
Even better – the garden is jamming! I mean for real. This year I got serious about fertilizer, and started all the plants with compost, lots of chicken manure, and concentrated organic vegetable fertilizer. It has totally paid off, I almost feel like I cheated! The tomatoes are huge, the peppers are better than they’ve ever looked by this time of year, and… well, let me just show you:
The blackberries are flowering, the strawberry patch is full of berries (on the small side, but sweet!), the tomatillos are doubled in size, and the peach and the apple tree both have fruit. I’ve never had such a varied garden before, and I have to say, I feel like I’m sitting on top of a gold mine, looking down and seeing the Mother Lode glinting in the sun! Eureka!