Well, June and July were big growing months for our little raised garden beds. The tomatoes seem to have taken FOREVER to bloom and fruit, but we are finally seeing some little ones. Unfortunately, I think the plants are overcrowded so we may not get the best crop. We do, however have tons of collard greens. Why my husband decided collards were our green crop is beyond me. You need to cook them a long time to make them edible. Don’t get me wrong, we have had some delicious collards, but I’m getting sick of them. Aside from some kale, they are pretty much the only vegetable we are harvesting at the moment.
I also planted a small chamomile plant that seems to have taken off. I’m picking flowers and drying them for tea. Chamomile is said to ease anxiety, relax you, relieve an upset stomach, and is used as an anti-inflammatory* for skin conditions, so I always like to grow some in the summer to use in future healing tonics and teas. I always feel a bit like a good witch when I’m using herbs and plants to heal. Don’t you?
I’m enjoying the garden despite our rookie mistakes. The other day we watched a mama bunny and her five babies run circles around the garden fence, looking for a way in. While I know I should be upset that they will eventually work their way in and possibly eat all our veggies, I couldn’t help but be delighted by them. Another night, after laying in the hammock for a bit, my husband and I wandered around our raised and looked at the progress (or lack there of). It was a sweet and calming way to end the day.
Tell me-how is your garden growing?
*Disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor and this should NOT be construed as medical advice! Do your research and consult your doctor before using chamomile or any other herb as a medical treatment.