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  • Writer's pictureEllen Harris

June's Garden

Updated: Jun 27

June is almost over.  I have more pictures than words to capture garden life at Three Blessings Yoga Farm and Wellness Center.  The weeks have been full of a slow steady, growing stream of garden harvest.  There have been fresh yellow and Black Cherry tomatoes, slender Suya cucumbers, herbs (thyme, oregano, lemongrass, lavender), eggplant, zucchini, jalapeños and Thai hot peppers.  Radishes grew, but not so good. Okra plants, sweet potato slips from last year’s harvest, cantaloupe from seed stash, and bell pepper seeds continue to grow nicely in ground and raised beds.  By mid-month, sweet corn seeds were planted and quickly began to sprout shoots from the ground.

Lost the last budding peach from its tree. Will try, again, next year. Spotted a Paul Robeson tomato planted from seeds purchased back in March at the Baltimore Museum of Art. First okra flowers sighted on June 19 and first two pods harvested on June 24. Finally, two other varieties of cucumbers are growing, and lemon cucumber picked June 24.

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Nice harvest on both days; beauty of lemon cucumber stands out. Discovered that bugs had gotten to the Paul Robeson tomato. Sad about that. discovery.

The open concept kitchen, dining and living room area is becoming my workshop studio.  Herbs air drying on kitchen island, while in the background are still the remains of last year’s sweet potato harvest full of slips that I can’t seem to part ways with.  Last and next art quilt projects lie on the dining room table.

Drying Herbs

Although its oppressively hot, flowers in the garden, even the begonia and sedum gifted from a neighbor, are flourishing in surrounding beds.

And there’s always a reminder that I live in an amazing MS Delta ecosystem.  Depending on the time of year, I share my space always with birds, butterflies, fish, turtles, deer, coyotes, and quiet night critters.  This year’s surprise was a red fox frozen still once spotted in the back area behind the garden.

Signing off peacefully. 

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