Sunday, June 14, 2015
In the garden....
...life and its troubles are forgotten. There is no stress, no pain, no suffering. There is only the smell of earth and mulch, the hum of bees, the joy of dirt and harvest. The horses come 'round when I'm there, curious as to what has attracted my attention to their 'neglect.' And by neglect, they mean that they haven't had delivery of fresh watermelon rind yet and that is wholly unacceptable.
I've grown flowers for as long as I can remember; they are easy. Vegetables...this is new. I am not the only one who cares to eat them, and they are fussy. I am grateful for the pack-o-nine hounds that keep the deer at bay, limiting their forays into the pasture to the region just beyond the riparian zone by the creek. An abundance of marigolds - literally one planted between every vegetable plant, has kept the insects to a minimum.
The herbs...oh...the smell. It's not enough for me to snip them for meals. I need to break a bit each morning and inhale their scent.
We're starting the second planting of french beans, cilantro, and dill. The tomatoes are coming on nicely but not yet ready. I have a recipe saved from Garden & Gun magazine (how great is that title? It's one of my favorites and as Southern as it gets...) for fried green tomatoes that I am dying to try.
My friend Deborah of MacCarthy farms (check out her page on Facebook; her gardens are almost as beautiful as she is - inside and out - and her knowledge base is insane) gave me plant starts of Ronde de Nice squash (the round one in the back of the photo), zucchini, a variety of basils, tomatoes, melons, cukes. Essentially the only thing I managed on my own was asparagus, dill, some basil, sage, and a second round of tomato starts after learning the hard way what NOT to do...). I purchased peppers and they floundered. I transplanted them to containers after reading that they like rich well-drained soil, and am waiting to see....
Anyway! The harvest has begun. David sliced zucchini julienne style tonight, and pan-seared in Irish butter with minced fresh garlic and red pepper. Served with grilled steaks and sautéed mushrooms, it was divine.
I'll pack the cukes with some imitation crab meat and a splash of teriyaki sauce for lunch tomorrow, and it will be a treat as I have a big cabin turning around. It will be my first 'turn-around' clean since I've taken over some of the housekeeping duties. We'll see how that goes..but lunch will be good!
I miss riding, spare time, swimming in the pond after walking the dogs, yoga class....but I am grateful for fledgling birds, Birdette and Fiona, the hounds, chances to love on Faith Elizabeth and how much she loves watermelon.
You don't get a guarantee at birth; there is no 'sure thing.' There's just life. Surrendering to that is the first step to peace. I'm still searching...