This time of the year I am getting my fill of gardening on many fronts. I have been helping teach the summer school gardening program at West Lake Junior High three days a week. We have taught the kids how to compost, save seed, harvest vegetables, weed the garden and basic tool safety. The kids also made gourd planters from last years crop which they painted and hung on the garden fence.
On a side note, the school has a pond and they have a permit to keep a snapping turtle. The pond is drained early every summer and Mr. Snapper is caught and sent off to a reptile specialist for summer care before returning to the pond in the fall. The only snapping turtles I have ever seen have been on “Swamp People” so it was interesting seeing one in real life.
The biggest garden harvest so far has been the zucchinis. The students have also been eating a lot of strawberries, we have transplanted tomato and strawberry plants for the kids to take home and we have cut, tied and hung cilantro plants in paper sacks to collect the dried seeds for replanting. The students have been enthusiastic learning about nature and gardening.
On the home front my garden has been growing in the healthy, rich composted soil. We have been eating the first of the raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
I have also harvested a few cayenne peppers.
The chickens and the bees continue to peacefully coexist and they share a small bird bath.
Lastly, we are going on the fourth week of the downtown farmer’s market.
Business has been brisk, even with the competition from last week’s arts festival. It has been good seeing familiar faces from the past in the crowd. As I get older I seem to see more familiar faces in the obituaries then in person. I have enjoyed seeing old friends prospering in life and doing well. I look forward to more blasts from the past.