|Nasturtium seeds, snap pea pods, and beautiful zucchini|
In some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, August 1 is Lammas Day (Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas, "loaf-mass"), the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide.I just spent some time out in my garden, pulling up bolted butter lettuce, as well as harvesting those three things in the picture above. I was pleased to see the nasturtium seeds, which I will use for next year, and the snap peas as well. And you know what I'm going to do with the zucchini, don't you? Eat it for dinner tonight!
|The biggest of my six cabbages|
|Carol's scrumptious strawberries|
|Colorful sweet peas|
So far this year (knock wood) I've had much less of a pest problem, although the slugs continue to snack on our goodies. The fence has kept the deer out, and this year I stayed away from the plants the bugs devoured the most (kale, collards, and brussels sprouts). I'm happy to pay for them in the organic section of the grocery store and let the experts do the work. Or get them at the Farmers' Market. The last two weeks we haven't bought anything there, since we are working hard to keep up with the food from our very own garden: summer squash raw, sliced, steamed... it's a hard job but someone's got to do it!