This past week has been the start of harvesting the peas and beans and freezing them for future consumption. We planted both vegetables in succession, approximately two to three weeks apart. The second planting of both vegetables are catching up to the first planting, so may have to increase the time frame between plantings next year. We are also picking and freezing Saskatoon berries every few days. There are plenty of wild shrubs in our yard and there is enough berries this year for us and the birds.At this time we have picked about six gallons and there are plenty more to ripen. The raspberries are starting to ripen and we will have them available at the Saskatoon Farmers Market on Saturday.
Hen & Chick blooming.
In recent days the Tree Swallows have left the yard, sure hope they return to consume the mosquito population. The Bluebirds are feeding their second batch of babies. The Barn Swallows are feeding their young, as well as the Wrens and Western Wood PeeWee. We came across a nest of Yellow Warblers while we were picking Saskatoon's. The babies had a few feathers but their eyes were not open yet, so still very young. We looked in the nest a week later and the young had all left the nest. The Robins are still hanging around the yard, feeding on the ground. I think they may be tending to eggs or babies.
At this time the Barn Swallows are chirping loudly and quite upset. Very unusual to hear them when it's dark. So we took a look and an Owl was in the yard, which is what was upsetting them.
There will be plenty of fresh vegetables at the market this week, including leeks. We tried a recipe for supper this evening with beets called, Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese. My oh my, that is a tasty combination.
The flower selection this week will include Sweet Peas, Lilies, a few sunflowers and a whole lot more.
Fata Morgana Dahlia.