|First salad from the garden...|
It's that time of year again, when the garden calls, the earth is rich and moist, the seeds are burning a hole in my pocket and the garden tools are standing at the ready. And so, last month, we got started--between rains!
We're still using the big planters we got at the discount store years ago...but each year we've added a bit more. They're a good place to begin, anyway.
|April lettuce, radish, mesclun...|
|May and ready to thin the spinach a bit. I just stand there and eat it out of hand, fresh...|
|and a week later...|
|I say we expanded the garden this year...Joseph says it's an attempt to CONTAIN it, since the squash tried to take over Francis Street! But whatever the case, we need to get it weeded, planted, and mulched!|
|And definitely a nice fresh salad...LOOK at that stuff. You can't even see the planter! The radishes didn't make as radishes, as crowded as they were, but the greens are fresh and spicy...|
|Volunteer squash family...NO idea what but I plan to find out. We also planted cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash...still need tomatoes, winter squash, and herbs...I plant between the planters!|
|This year we planted the Three Sisters in this corner, for history and for respect for those who came before. I've been reading Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, and listening to our good friend Robert Francis tell us much the same things in our Indian Fellowship meeting, so today I planted a hill of corn, beans, and squash.|
|Dear old friend Robert Reves sent us Hidatsa Squash, two kinds of Hidatsa beans (red and shield figure), and a packet of Pawnee blue flour corn. Joseph blessed the earth and thanked it with an offering of tobacco, and I blew prayers onto the seeds...|
|That is a HANDY little tool...supposed to be for weeds, but it seems willing to till our small garden just fine. Now to get the tomatoes in...and flowers...and...|