July is harvest time around here.
Everything sort of "happens" in the month of July...
it's an explosion of fruit and vegetables
This year we had a bumper crop of peaches which I was able to pick before the squirrels got to them. Peaches continue to ripen off the tree, so you can pick them early and still use them.
I peel and freeze what we can't eat right away.
The apples are starting to blush from the sun and are also ready for picking.
Yesterday I saw a young red tailed hawk sitting on our fence eating an apple...
now that was a first
So every morning this time of year,
I walk the garden with a big basket looking for goodies
that are ready to pick
and make I plans for
a local harvest dinner...right from my own garden
I pick herbs every day and I have to say
that it is a real treat to use fresh herbs
continuously throughout the year
Earlier this year I planted onions and shallot, which are finally ready.
The shallot crop had been amazing and the taste is really sweet and garlicky
Most every thing I plant mid summer
is self sown into the beds
This is my not so scientific way
of keeping track of what is what.
I staple the seed pocket onto a garden stake
wild arugula is a favorite for salads or to top a pizza
and it goes from this
to this in
about 3 weeks
try some radishes
they are easy
and you can toss the greens into salad
as you thin them out
This year I have 6 squash plants and a giant pumpkin
The tomatoes are starting to ripen
and I planted 6 different varieties
small and large
The grapes will be ready to pick soon...can't wait for those
And the lavender garden is in full bloom
So for this mornings harvest...fresh herbs;
thyme, parsley, arugula, basil, sage, rosemary, nasturtium and lavender
spring onions and shallot
lemons, oranges, apples, squash and tomatoes
there's even a pomegranate
hiding in there somewhere
I hung the shallot on my kitchen door
and can pluck one off whenever I need it
and now for some really fun news...
I had the chance to speak with one of my favorite designers last week
for about 2 hours...!!!!
I love her work and I know you do too
So stay tuned for a great Q & A
Can you guess who she is?
Have a great week!