Summertime rolls.... { Gardening Chronicles 2014

"Fell into A sea of grass And disappeared among The shady blades... " Ah...yes...Summertime. It's here!!!  Finally, really, completely HERE! I am a Summer girl for sure. I don't mind the heat....I need the sun...I love nothing more than sweating in the garden and eating tomatoes like apples straight out of the garden. This is my time of year. The only thing I could do without?  A/C...at least during the day.  At night I like to be buried under covers ;-) I am that girl that hates being cold.  And I am pretty much always cold.  Daryl says it's like sleeping next to a zombie or something.

Anyhow...I am spending the majority of my time off of the internet and outside working at the farm and in the kitchen garden, still doing light homeschool, getting Haley ready for church camp next week,  visiting with our Ohio family members that have been coming in and out of town...I could go on. The days are never long enough and I do a ton of  "solo parenting" these days since Daryl is working up in DC these days. Lots of adjusting. Sometimes I feel like I have been in this constant state of "adjusting for years...decades? Kindof like when the babes all came along.  Those early months with a newborn, the days you "think" you have a schedule down with them and then they switch it all up on you again and you have to readjust all over again. Ya that. My life feels like a constant state of that.  Just when I think I have our rhythm "figured out"...nope I don't. Maybe I am just a bad time manager?  Probably.  But the good news is I am also extremely laid back and it takes a lot to fluster me. I have the attitude of "it will all work out...deep breath."  As long as no one is dying we are all good ;-)

I still have big dreams of  having my own little dream farm one day and each year I seem to get a bit closer. I originally said it was a "5 year plan" and turns out I was right. Daryl's parents have allowed us to use the farm land they live on to start our little veggie patch to feed our masses and it has saved us this year! My kitchen garden, here in the burbs, has been hit hard this year by early blight!  It's been pretty tragic.  Although it is still producing it has been a really bad year over here. I figure I have lots of garden chronicles catching up I need to do for you garden watchers! I am going to start with the herbs, move down the way to the little farm and then back to the kitchen garden (since I need to take current pics of it tonight.)

So starting with the herbs....(notice the iPhone to help identify any plants I can't remember ;-)

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Dried herbs to date this year:

CatnipLemon Balm (before it was whacked with blight/fungus...boooo)ComfreyLavenderAnise HyssopMeadow SweetMintOreganoBasilDillParsleyThymeRosemaryYarrow

Herb oils:

PlantainChickweedRosemary, Oregano and Basil (yum)Comfery

Tinctures:

YarrowMeadow SweetAnise Hyssop

How about some pretty pics?  Everything is better with pictures!!

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Meadow Sweet

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Lavender

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The house smells heavenly...

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Anise Hyssop

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Yarrow (Strange gardening thing this year!  My Yarrow was all white blooms last year...this year yellow!   A few had both yellow AND white on the same plant. I need to Google that but keep forgetting.)

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Dill...I think, for the first time in my gardening history, I may just have dill at the same time as the cucumbers! I have been babying a patch along that I keep cutting back the blooms but the other dill I am letting go to seed because I love dill seed!

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Herbs that are in desperate need of some cutting... Borage

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Mullen is close!

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And comfrey again...

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And a long list of others that all need harvested for the second go around. Most of the kitchen bed herbs have survived the fungus but sadly I lost my St. John's Wort, Bee Balm and a huge chunk of Lemon Balm. It was very sad.  But at least some things came through :-)