“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. In our mad rush for progress and modern improvements let's be sure we take along with us all the old-fashioned things worth while.” Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Company and Gardening

We have visitors .. my parents .. so in between being a good hostess .. and letting them fend for themselves quite a bit .. the garden is flourishing. 

Our Montmormency (sour) cherries are ready to pick. 
This past spring I made a homemade dormant oil spray (water, vinegar, coconut oil soap, tea tree oil) and applied it to our fruit trees; we have not had any insect pests on the apples or cherries .. A scarecrow, fake owl and bird netting over the tree have helped GREATLY keeping the birds from having breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We're harvesting lettuce, Asian peas, bok choy, onions, black currents, cherries and herbs galore.

With the heat last weak, I decided to try my hand at outdoor Dutch oven (D.O.) cooking.

 The Mr. has set up an outdoor cooking area complete with propane burners and a place to cook in the D.O.

Summer is in full swing with home projects (garden gates),
mini trips and family get-togethers.
How does your garden grow?


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Have a wonderful visit, your meal turned out well. My husband loves cooking outdoors too. Have fun.

Sandy said...

Mrs. Mac,

Using the Dutch oven outside made for a cooler house. Your meal looks like it came out really good.

Beautiful picture of your family.

I have several vegetables which have bolts, but the tomatoes, lettuce, Swiss chard, beets and potatoes have taken off. I'm hoping the heat doesn't kill them off.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Your summer sounds delightful, family, food, flowers, and projects.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Sonja Goodson said...

I'd love to walk right through that gate and see your garden! In Texas, everything dies in the summertime, at least the stuff that I plant! My garden does not grow... but I keep trying, and at least the beds close to the house seem to be blooming well and the pots on the porch. I am always envious of a good healthy garden. :)

Kathryn said...

Wow. You've been busy! Happy summertime! Isn't it nice to be out and see things grow?

Star said...

My garden got going - finally, after a long wait. Your garden is lovely and so is your meal. It looks delicious! You have a super family. Nice that your mum and dad are there with you at the moment.

Sandy said...

Love all your family photos. You look so much like your pretty mother. Looks like you and yours are having a great summer.

Pat said...

Summer time, working toward the harvest of all that labor! It's looking wonderful and your beautiful family even more wonderful!

donna said...

ahhh the beauty of summertime. love the post. Your DO brought back some great memories of campfire cookouts...hello to your mom from me.