Saturday, June 7, 2008


Are we entering the lazy days of summer already? Our yard is supremely idyllic, with little edibles cropping up in every corner and every bush and tree a vibrant green. The iris and wild roses and peonies contribute to the lush summer palette. My favorite thing to do is lie in the grass and look up at the sky and the swaying branches. But there's still work to be done.

Today we're erecting tomato trellises in the 95-degree heat. Lo, we are intrepid! It's amazing how fast they've grown since we transplanted them just two weeks ago--at least 50 percent. The melons and squashes are already 3 inches tall, and the masses of white pea flowers mean that our tasty snap peas are just a week or two away.

We're already thinking about fall plantings--lettuce and chard and maybe some broccoli, since so much of this spring's crop was tragically felled. We are coming to understand just how much lettuce and spinach one family can eat. More recipes to come.

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