Green has popped and exploded through the landscape. The tree buds transformed into leaves in just a few days, and now they fill in the forest, covering fallen logs and dips in the earth. Wild roses and bluebells encroach onto the trails, and soft white puffs float down from the cottonwoods, sticking to the leaves, ground, dogs, pant-legs, and shoes.
As the hills and mountains liven up, so does the garden. All the light is speeding the plants’ growth: radishes doubled in size in two days, chinese cabbages have incredibly full leaves, and bunching onions are ready to harvest this week. We’ve planted close to 500 bed feet, and still there is more room and many more vegetables and flowers to sow. It’s hard to stay on the computer long enough to type a blog when there is so much to do in the garden. Today is our first harvest, and the kids will sell produce at our farm stand and set aside veggies for CSA members. After months of preparing, planting, watering and weeding, the garden is filled in and I am so excited to eat fresh greens!
When I’m not at the garden, my life has been filled with adventure, climbing, running, biking, slack-lining, and occasional down-time. As tiredness set in last night, Edge said he needed to take a nap and I said, “I need more than a nap!” “There’s only naps in Alaskan summer,” he said, and it sure seems that way. The light keeps me up late and wakes me up early, and the vegetables (and the weeds) only speed up their growth, but I’m not complaining. The deep green of yukina savoy and spinach, the smell of bunching onions, and the crunch of chinese cabbage make up for the lack of sleep, and at the end of the day what is better than fresh food and a cool bright summer night?