Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer 2010 - Slugfest

Well here it is, almost July .... and only a tease of summer. 

The garden is nothing but a buggy swamp, a slug commune, nothing stood a chance against the strange weather this spring. I have three artichoke plants that may make it and some snow peas that have finally bloomed. My visions of fresh squash, tomatoes, salad greens, turnips, beets, swish chard, butter beans and melons have all faded .... to "maybe next year". I took it personal as I watched the molds and invisible little eaters suck the life out of my starts but as I share my garden woes around town I'm learning I'm not alone in my veggie sorrow.
On the brighter side, we have plenty of roses, daisies, peonys and the raspberries and apples look good. I have a few calendula that may take hold and bloom, then they will be a reliable crop for always. The comfrey plants are coming up, the dried leaf tea is so yummy. The valerian starts are growing, sweet cicely too. Feverfew has sprung up everywhere and is in bloom. Mullein have come up wild all over my little acre, the fresh flowers will be picked one at a time and an oil made for pain. the leaves dried for lung tea. The burnet and walking onions transplanted well. I have volunteer trees coming up everywhere.
The dog needs walking, the gypsy wagon unloadin' and so I'm off to start a new day.


Morgaine said...

Isn't that the way? Precious little gooey critters. Another few weekends of crazy moving stuff, and I've got to make it to one of your Saturday sales. ;-)

Clytie said...

Yep, we have the slug issue here as well. No matter where you look there is another of the little slimy critters! I accidentally stepped on one the other day and his skin stuck to my shoe while the rest of him shot into the bushes. Don't know if this is normal for them or not, but I've never seen it before.

Blessings on your harvest this year.