The problem with July is that the summer holiday starts. Because who wants to leave the garden behind right after the first tomatoes started ripening? I don’t, not really, but being bound by holidays scheduled by the Dutch ministry of education and having all of my family living in the Czech Republic, I do go on holiday. (It’s not the holiday part that mind, of course).
Right now, we are in my parents’ summer house in a small village in the western part of the Czech Republic. It’s an old farm house with a lot of space and a huge garden that I have been gradually planting with edibles (of course – I can only leave my garden for another garden!). Our phone connection is rather unreliable and only recently have we figured a way to connect to the internet, hence the lack of posting. But as the end of the month approaches, I want to share some highlights from the garden back home.
The garden yields colourful bouquets:
First ripe tomato: “Ida Gold”, a very early bush tomato:
Tomatillos (not ripe yet, but looking promising) and hot red peppers:
A very good garlic harvest that will hopefully get us through winter. We will safe a few plump cloves for planting again in fall.
Courgette and squash planted through cardboard (against weeds) growing vigorously after a few waterings with diluted fermented nettles:
The edible forest in our backyard turned into jungle full of edibles:
The luxury of eating berries straight from the bush: jostaberry, black, red and yellow raspberries, gooseberries….
Hope your gardens are thriving, too!