Happy Place

I thought I will post some random pictures from my garden- so here goes

A bunch of school children visited the community garden- I was so pleased that these little kids are learning about the connection between this earth and our food, between plants and pollinators, and how to be good stewards of this green planet. This little girl was thrilled to pull out a beet from my garden.

Beautiful butterflies visited the Zinnias in my garden-how can you not be happy in the presence of butterflies?

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Tomatillos

tomatillos

This is the first time I am growing tomatillos in my garden. I have three of these plants and they are growing healthy and strong, with many budding flowers. Isn’t that beautiful, like a green paper lantern?

Tomatillos were originally from Mexico and is familiar to many of us as an ingredient of salsa verde. Once the fruit fills the papery husk, it is ready to be plucked. Can’t wait!

Beets

organic Beets

I finally harvested a bunch of beautiful Beets – we had a lunch of roasted Beet and Peach salad with a home made dressing of orange juice, lemon rinds and some thyme from my container garden. I read in the Farmer’s Almanac that I can do a succession planting of Beets, as long as the temp doesn’t shoot above 75 degrees. So I am thinking that if I plant some more Beet seeds end of August, I can harvest mid October, another round of these fine looking veggies.

Tomatoes

Indian tomatoes

I bought this plant from a friend of mine, who is trying to grow heirloom tomatoes from India. So excited to see a few tomatoes popping up.

I put a mixture of dried eggshells and used coffee grounds, on the soil around the plant, to provide calcium and to gently acidify the soil.

Coriandrum Sativum

cilantro

Even though I have grown and cooked with cilantro all my adult life, I have never seen the seedpods hanging fresh off the stem. The plants, despite my best efforts grew leggy, developed feathery leaves and started flowering. Instead of pinching off the flowers to promote more leafy growth I left the flowers be – they are supposed to attract hoverflies which eats the harmful aphids which are a common garden pest. In fact I read on Wikipedia that USDA is experimenting with cilantro companion planting for lettuce in California, to protect their crops against aphid invasion.

So, here is a picture of my summer garden- the flowering cilantro in front, with tomato and tomatillo in cages, with marigold companion plants, behind them.

On the side is the beet patch, which I am hoping to harvest next week.

Spinach

Did you know that spinach originated from Iran? Spinach is a nutrient powerhouse- not a nuclear powerhouse

spinach

I planted these spinach plants about 6 weeks ago- now they are ready to go into my spinach/dal recipe. You can see the tiny flowers along the stem-time to harvest.

Spinach is rich in Vit A and C, and has insoluble fiber. It also has Iron, which not many plants have.

Here is my harvest for today-spinach, more lettuce and early beans.