I found this yellow flowering plant down near the creek, which I've not seen before. If you know what it is, I'd love to know. I believe it may be some type of hypericum, but I haven't found anything like it yet online. The leaves are smooth ovals, & do not show spots when held up the the sun, as I had been taught, so I'm not sure. I've been hanging on to a free Tofutti coupon for a long time. We were headed to a family gathering, with a Whole Foods a block away, so we used it when buying groceries there. I've begun gathering the first ripe blueberries, along with wild blackberries, & rare raspberries & mulberries. I used our garlic when making hummus. We've had some very hot days (mid 90's), so I gave the chickens some frozen corn "muffins" to cool & amuse them, and froze another batch. I made an herb tea using red clover, nettles, spearmint & red raspberry leaf harvested here, & planted 3 varieties of beans in the patches where the previous beans didn't come up. Our garden spigot had a significant leak, which J felt was finally beyond repair,& he and I replaced it. In between helping with that job, I weeded around a fig bush, cut away a mulberry seedling & some milkweed that were keeping sun from it & pulled up horse nettle & wild blackberry that had come up around it. I'm hoping that will mean more figs in the future. We have 5 fig trees, but a total of only 3 figs so far this year. Three of the fig trees have become fairly shaded by various other plants, which doesn't help.
|loving the various colors in this bachelor button mix|
I did a clean out of the crispers in my fridge, which seriously needed some love and attention. Some broccoli was steamed, a mix of spinach and lambs quarters was steamed & frozen for future meals; zucchini, peppers and leeks were grilled, an elderly beet and apple were turned into apple beet salad, & I'm embarrassed to say some cranberries which were soft but not moldy were given to the chickens, who enjoyed them immensely. I fully intended to freeze them at some point, but didn't. The one thing wasted was a small bag of arugula I had harvested some time back, & it went into the compost crock. I sprayed a liquid fertilizer on the wine grapes, & also picked off japanese beetles while I was attending to them. A late frost damaged a lot of our fruit, so I don't think we'll be making wine this year, but there's always next year to look forward to for our first batch.