June is winding down, and things have slowed down a little bit. I didn’t realize how much time and energy the bento packing took – so it’s nice to have a little time in the evenings and mornings for myself… and to stop sounding like a drill sergeant trying to get the girls ready and out the door so I can get to my job in time.
Summer evenings are wonderful – the girls and I do our chores when we get home, and when time allows, we head into our backyard – the girls heading to the swing set, while I bee-line to my vegetable garden.
We have been picking lettuce, broccoli rabe and kale – and have been picking very young sweet peas which the girls have been eating by the handful. The peas never are able to grow past the “snow pea” stage – but the ones that escape early picking by eager little hands have sweet, juicy, fresh peas that burst with color and flavor.
She pulls open the pea pods, and picks away at the little pearl-sized globes of goodness.
I’ve always planted bush beans – so this year, we decided to plant pole beans.
I now understand how “Jack and the Beanstalk” came about. My beans have outgrown their poles, and wave themselves in the air until they grab hold of anything. A co-worker suggested I tie string from the top of the poles to the top of my super trellis – and the beans have found this arrangement work… so far.
So far, we’ve thwarted the rabbits – and the soybeans have managed to continue growing.
The one mistake I made this summer, was my careful cultivation and nourishing of very healthy looking weeds amongst the eggplant. Had I not looked up to revel at how resilient eggplant seemed to be in n0-man’s land during my dog’s walk, I probably would have continued to lovingly weed around the actual weeds.
We’ll add that to my list of “not” to-do lists!