This is just a brief update on our garden. If you have been reading my blog for a while, likely you read my post Dirty and Green.. it has photos of us working on our garden and transplanting young kale. We started the garden in February. Look at it now!!!!
I look out my kitchen window and I am simply amazed at the transformation. We have so much food growing!!!
Surrounding the perimeter of the garden, we planted kale. We planted our first bunch of kale in Feb, waited a few weeks and then planted some more.. so we will always have fresh kale. We did the same with the potatoes. We planted two rows, waited a few weeks and then planted more. Carrots, kale, potatoes, green onions, white onions, strawberries (which are flowering), cilantro, cucumbers, and red peppers.
The garden is full and beautiful. A neighbor noticed our good-looking garden, came over and offered the use of her land if we wanted to grow more food.. So recently we have started another garden. Tilling the soil by hand is exhausting. Watching the garden grow is magical.
I feel so connected to the food we are growing. We are growing everything organically, and I have learned (the hard way) that snails love kale!!!! I felt sad when I saw that some of our kale had been eaten by the snails. The neighbors told us we should spray.. but we said no, we are doing it the natural way. SAND. An old school portuguese farmer trick, is to put sand or sawdust around the base of the kale. So surrounding each bunch of kale is a little mound of sand. It works. Sorry snails..
Eating the fresh food is so rewarding. So delicious and nutritious. I will keep updating as the garden grows. ;)
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” ―Claude Monet
Have a healthy day. Eat fresh food, and better yet, plant a garden. ~Yogini Tiff
“As long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” -Micheal Pollan