July 18, 2015
Like a long dotted line the song of the cicada floats across the prairie.
With seasoned awareness, old timers announce, “Six weeks till frost.”
In the stifling heat with humidity thick as steam, it’s difficult to believe frost is so near. But Mother Earth is dependably predictable in her transformation. She’ll give one final surge, the harvest, and then settle down for a well-deserved rest.
Speaking of harvest– look at my organic vegetable garden:
This tomato, which planted itself (from last year’s dropped seed), is almost as tall as the corn!
I’d like to brag about last night’s dinner. Everything in green was fresh from the garden.
salad: buttercrisp lettuce, kale, cucumber, tomato, dressing
fruit: mother’s red rasberries
side dish: kohlrabi, ranch dressing
main dish- frittata: hash brown potatoes, leek, green pepper, yellow squash, basil, gorgonzola cheese, eggs, salt, pepper
dessert- zucchini crisp: 8 cups (yes!) zucchini, plus ingredients for crisp.
Here is a link to the zucchini crisp recipe: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-apple-crisp
So what’s the secret to my lush bountiful organic garden?
There are many:
Disease and pests– It has powdery mildew, wilt, black-spotted yellow leaves on tomatoes, potato bugs, japanese beetles.
Very little water– 4 times all summer.
Mulch, mulch, and more mulch– After I cut the surrounding grass, I rake it up and surround each plant with mulch.
A yellow beach ball with predator eyes to scare the peacocks away.
And the most important?
While I weed, I radiate love to all my vegetables. This is no joke. I really believe it is key to a lush garden.
And the most amazing thing about radiating love to vegetables?
They radiate back.
I can feel it. Not only from the vegetables I eat, but also from the uplifted feeling I get while kneeling in those greens.