Summer Solstice

Welcome Summer…maybe. The longest day of the year was not a warm one. I shivered away in my sweater and tried to cuddle the warmth of our fire.

I found tiny strawberries and busy bees. The sun rays tried to dodge the clouds and the wind was insane. 

The rest of the day was crappy for me. My garden is not surviving. I had to pull all my Radishes, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbages, Turnips, Kholrabi and Kale seedlings. The Flea Beetles desimated them. Them we had a hard frost and my potatoes, beans and corn got hit….again. Even with being covered.**sigh**πŸ˜” 

I am feeling very discouraged and overly frustrated. I can’t start from seed again as my growing season is too short. Somethings will not produce in time. Some things I will restart as they should do okay by harvest.

It is not Summer when you wake to -1c or 0c. I am freezing! 

❀⛄ Frosty The Snowman.

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4 responses to “Summer Solstice

  1. Where Wildlings Grow

    Oh my darling friend… I am so deeply sorry for your loss 😞✨✨
    Please know that in all of this something good always presents itself – we never know at the time what it is but its there πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒΏβœ¨

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  2. Where Wildlings Grow

    Oh and solstice blessings dear tribe πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ™πŸ»βœ¨

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  3. Oh no! I’m so sorry about your garden. I know how frustrating that is, and we put so much into our gardens that it feels like a personal tragedy when things go that wrong. 😦 It’s been cool here in Minnesota but not that cold! I hope it warms up soon for you.

    Perhaps since you lost so much of the garden you could turn to foraging for some replacements of your bounty. Wild edibles are such a big part of what we gather here. In our neck of the woods (zone 4), these are some particularly nice wild foods coming up: mulberries, black raspberries, raspberries, nettles (all the time, but still good in this cool weather and wonderful as a spinach substitute or healthy tea)… elderflowers are in bloom here now and should be blooming by you soon. I have been posting lots of elderflower ID pictures on my Instagram this week if it helps. https://www.instagram.com/magicandmayhem/ You can use the flowers for elderflower syrup (lovely in drinks or to infuse things like cakes), elderflower soda (or let it keep going to make wine) and elderflower fritters (dip the heads in thin pancake batter and fry head-down in hot oil, then sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup or jelly). There are lots of wild greens that would still be good for salads and stir fries in your cool weather, and later in the season the “feral” fruit trees (once on homesteads and now on public lands and parks because the homesteads are long gone) like apples and pears will be heavy with fruit. Wild pears taste awful fresh but are fantastic for canning in syrup. We put up at least 40 quarts of wild pears last year from just a couple of trees! Sorry to go on and on, but I thought it might help. You may already know all that too, in which case never mind! πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you for your comment. 😊 I forage what I can here. I love learning what others forage and make with their wild yummies. 🌱☘ I wish we had Elderberries here! We only have Red Elderberries and they are unfortunately poisonous.πŸ˜” Mmmm pears….*Drool* We forage Saskatoons, Huckleberries, blueberries, raspberries…I am still learning what we can gather here. Being so far north your timing has to be spot on or you miss many yummies.

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