In spite of a drought of many weeks, the garden is doing remarkably well. The additional soil and mineral supplements seem to have helped. Everything is planted, and we are continuing to supply most of the salad greens for the center. Eggplant, peppers, yellow squash, and cucumbers are all coming along. We are regularly harvesting cherry tomatoes and kale.
Earlier this spring, we had signs of a lot of mole and vole activity in the ground. We have installed five solar-powered gadgets that produce sonic waves in the ground and haven’t seen a sign of them since. The slugs and leaf-miners have been greatly slowed down with dustings of diatomaceous earth. There is always one challenge or another to deal with.
We were blessed with two wonderful volunteers at the beginning of July. Nicholas set up a wonderful composting system using grass clippings from our lawns, manure from a local horse farm, garden scraps, and kitchen compost. These he has watered and turned, and we expect to have soil by the end of the summer. 50 sq.ft. of new bed has been created on the lower west side of the garden, and is now planted with gladiolas and greens.
Our guests have been walking throughout the garden, enjoying its beauty, and sitting quietly with Kwan Yin. It is turning out to be a lovely summer.