June brought us a record-breaking amount of rainfall here in the Flathead Valley of Montana. All that rain and relative cold weather has meant the garden has gotten off to a very slow start. Still things are germinating and if the frost holds off for a while this fall we might have a pretty good harvest. We’re harvesting things now, mostly greens and herbs, all of them nourishing us now and some of them being put up for winter nourishment and flavoring as well.
As good as all of the herbs and greens are, we were hungry (both figuratively and literally) for one of the bigger prizes of home gardening. We got that reward yesterday with the first ripe strawberries.
Jeff and I shared the still sun-warm berries and delighted in their amazing sweetness. The berry patch promises us much more as does the rapidly filling pea vines, blossoming tomato plants, and spreading winter squash. We’re off to a slow start but I’ve learned from experience that given the right conditions plants and gardens “catch up” and that is exactly what I’m hoping for this summer season.
What prizes are you harvesting from your garden?