Sunday, June 24, 2012

Weekend Miscellany & Late June Garden Ramble.

We're having a quiet weekend here. Just hanging out, doing a little sewing, running errands, and doing a little cleaning. (Am I finally getting that nesting urge? Or maybe it's just that the house finally reached a state of filth that even I cannot tolerate.)

We've had a stunningly beautiful June here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lots of sun and only a few days of our characteristic "June Gloom." (Knock on wood, knock on wood, knock on wood.)

The garden has been soaking up all of this sun. I don't know whether to thank the new raised beds and compost, the fact that we removed several shade trees, or the unusually warm weather for this unbelievable bounty. This is definitely the happiest and most productive vegetable garden I've ever grown! And after we built the boxes, it hasn't felt like much work at all.

Check out our tomato box! The tomatoes are almost as tall as Steve!

Tomatoes as high as Steve's eye.


Our small strawberry patch produces about one or two delicious, sweet, sun-warmed strawberries a day. So every day, Joe and I share the harvest. I am planning to expand the patch next year, for a larger harvest, because these are so tasty. (By the way, that is a poppy seedling coming up there on the upper left. Steve spread some seeds around earlier this year, and seedlings keep popping up and surprising us. On the right - yep, that's coriander, a.k.a. cilantro gone to seed.)

Strawberry Patch.


This is just our first summer squash harvest. Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. (Planting three summer squash plants seemed like a good idea in April! What on earth was I thinking?)

This is only the beginning!


Of course, the people have been soaking up the sun too. I actually got a sunburn after sitting in our back yard for about 20 minutes last week! After almost seven years of living in Oakland, I've become more concerned about getting adequate vitamin D than regularly applying sunblock (obviously, I apply sunblock when I know I'm going to be out in a sunny place for hours, but not usually for working in the garden). I almost forgot that it was possible to get sunburned around here! But to be fair, I do burn really easily. My husband isn't getting sunburned in our yard.

Joe's loving the sun too. Here he is in his mama-mades, grinning in very harsh mid-day light. Instead of "cheese" he says "smile!" for the camera, since that's what I'm always telling him.

Joe in his mama-mades.


Of course, the dogs are getting their summer on too. There's nothing nicer than a nice patch of warm dirt, didn't you know?

Dog in a warm patch of dirt.


And finally, because I know everyone wants to see my ever-expanding figure, here I am at 35 weeks and change. I don't think I look all that much bigger than I did at 32 weeks (same outfit!), but in the past few weeks I officially grew out of pretty much all of my maternity pants and a good number of tops (including my me-made stripey top, sigh) as well. Now baby girl is simultaneously pushing upwards into my ribs and downwards onto my bladder (fun times!). So she is definitely growing! Luckily, my ruched maternity tees and skirts still fit. 

35 weeks, 2 days.


With only four and a half weeks until my due date, it's starting to really dawn on me that this new baby thing is for real. Like, I'm going to have to give birth again!  (I know, I'm a little late to come to this realization.) Eek! Time to reread my pile of Ina May Gaskin books and get psyched up/channel my inner hippie!

Hope everyone is having a lovely, sunny weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness you are all baby! You just totally have that basketball out the front thing going on. That's a gorgeous pic.
    I'm so jealous of your veggie garden right now, nothing even really wants to germinate here at the moment.

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    1. I spent my winter shivering in my slippers and sweatshirts, reading your blog and drooling over the photos of summer dresses, sand and surf, and your thriving homestead, so I know exactly how you feel! :p

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  2. I too am jealous of the garden. Ours looks like some scene out of that book/movie Sarah Plain and Tall where they are crying for rain. I have never seen stragglier more crispy looking tomatoes than my own right now... In other words, it is hellish here. So I am gardening vicariously through your garden! and Wow it (and you) look great! Bounty indeed.

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    1. Well, let's be honest. As you can see from my photo of Steve above, this is all made possible by East Bay Municipal Utility District, our local purveyor of cheap water transported/stolen from the Sierra Nevada ... We generally don't get a solitary drop of rain in Oakland between May and October, and depend heavily on ill-gotten water supplies transported over long distances. And if you think I'm exaggerating by referring to it as stolen/ill-gotten, just do a little reading on the history of California water politics. :-)

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    2. Haha! I love that response!

      You look fantastic and I'm so glad glad your garden is thriving!

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    3. Hee hee. That's a big compliment, Meg! I do have my occasional soap-box topic. :-) Have you ever read the book Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner? It's a page turning work of nonfiction about water politics in the Western U.S. (and yes, Washington state features too). The corruption, the railroad barons, the land-grabs and outright robbery ... you couldn't make this stuff up!

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  3. You're adorable!!! And I could not be more jealous of your garden. Ours is measly right now...mostly because everyday it's 60 degrees and raining. Ughh!

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    1. Yeah, I know you Northwesterners have NOT had an unusually warm Spring like we have. My sympathies. Last year, we never got any Spring at all, and went from wet winter straight into nonstop fog, and it was so depressing! Here's hoping things lighten up (literally) for you guys!

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  4. I can't wait to "meet" your baby! Not long now!

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    1. Just a few more weeks now. I can't believe it's coming up so soon! (Well, my brain can't believe it. My body is catching on pretty quick here.)

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  5. What a great garden..look at the produce! Good luck for the new arrival. The pooch is so cute!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, that's Crouton. He's a seriously funny looking mutt, but he has his moments of super cuteness. :-)

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  6. Gorgeous garden! If you had to go through all the upheaval of backyard changes that you did it's great that you can see a real return for your effort now. I love the picture of Joe... oh, and the dog. And the line about channeling your inner hippie! Best wishes for your delivery!

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    1. That's how we feel too. All of these changes were quite traumatic at the time, but now at least we can relax in this amazing garden! It almost seems worth it!

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  7. your garden is looking so great!! the strawberries we planted last year did quite a bit of expanding, so we ended up with more this year without having to plant any more :) we're looking at a week without rain, so i'm hoping our garden doesn't dry up completely.

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    1. As a lifelong Californian, the very idea of summer rain is alien to me! Wow, other people don't have to water their gardens almost every day for nine months? Craziness!

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