[summer]

summer at Dickinson House

summer at Dickinson House

  1. Gardening makes me feel extremely capable and happy.
  2. I only realized today I could really do this anywhere; it’s not some magical function of living on this particular piece of land. That felt very liberating and exciting.
  3. I love that there is almost everything I need to make a really good garden, right here: willow trees, hedges whose trimmings become paths, grass which grows long to become hay to feed the ponies whose manure feeds the garden.
  4. Chickens are necessary but do I want more beings to be responsible for?
  5. The sheep are kind of molting (they apparently don’t have to be shorn) and look pathetic.
  6. The apple trees and plum tree are full of fruit.
  7. I have harvested more than 60—maybe close to 80—zucchini.
  8. And about 6 kilograms of green beans. Good thing I like green beans.
  9. First tomatoes (‘Sweety’ and ‘Mattina’) this week.
  10. We gave some friends a box of produce and I remembered that one of the very best things about gardening is being able to offer people food.
  11. I’ve been thinking a lot about Flanders and sharing, and Minnesota and sharing.
  12. Today I pickled 500 grams of green tomatoes (from plants we had to remove due to plague) and some cucumbers. Our cucumbers aren’t great for eating but make good pickles.
  13. The peas are almost done; hope I planted the next round soon enough.
  14. This year we will actually get eggplants, jalapeños, and peppers. Credit to planting early enough.
  15. Waiting to be processed: lots of tomatillos. More on the plants.
  16. Our melon plant is exuberant but non-productive. Oops on the trimming back.
  17. But pumpkins, butternut squash both producing.
  18. Began a long embroidery project earlier this month, very relaxing.
  19. All I want to do is have people here to do their work so we can all realize how possible it is to make a life that is centered on art: and to grow food for them, cook for them, talk with and listen to them. And to make my own work too.

summer at Dickinson House

summer at Dickinson House

(1) Comment

  1. My goodness, I get happy just reading about how productive and lush your life is!! My wife, too, loves to grow and eat veggies and fruit grown at home. I get the benefits, too. AND sharing it with others gives her a lot of pleasure as well. We don’t have the animals, however!

    The last photo is spectacular. Thanks so much for sharing all of this!

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