We had house guests this week, Tara and Ralph. Ralph is the perfect sized dog for this house, he's very sturdy and a low rider. He's got a lab head on corgi body with a chow tail and tongue. Curb feelers might be in order......
Ralph finds the chickens.......
Ralph finds the bacon........
Ralph finds the cat.......
Meanwhile the garden is on! It is July.
On two small rows of peas I have picked 4 gallons. I am having a hard time wrapping my brain
around going to the store and paying $3.98 for a giant bag of frozen peas or taking 4 hours to shell 2 gallons of peas, blanching and freezing. The row is still producing and I will probably harvest one more two gallon bucket which equals 6 bags in the freezer for soup next winter. Food is so easy to get here in the old USA...... my lesson in peas really has me scratching my head.
Blueberries and currants have been producing nicely this year too.
Grilled zucchini ....... YUM!
This is the first Monarch butterfly I have seen all year.
They are few and far between this year.
How pretty are the blossoms on purple beans?
Peppers are loaded this year too.
This year I dug out the old borders of the perennial beds and replaced
the old borders with lettuce. Winner!
Tomatoes are coming along but not yet ready for salad.......
Yikes do we have cukes!! This is a bumper crop due to all the rain.
I am picking 6-10 a day with no end in sight!
The onions and shallots are drying in the studio and the aroma is something to behold!
They will get braided in a couple days and hung up to dry in the basement.
I've read that shallots keep longer than onions ......
hope so because boy do I have a pile!
and yes, the ground hog is back! Bought a new trap as my old one bit the dust when
the tree fell on it. Well did I win the lottery or what? I got a bonus trap! BOGO!
On my way to the studio in the morning I head out on Japanese Beetle patrol....
The chickens are slacking off.
The dew has been heavy in the morning. The strawberries have
dewy necklace each morning.
Love this time of the year......