This morning I pulled the first of our French Breakfast radishes and ate them for . . . breakfast! All the seeds I tucked into the soil last month are becoming recognizable as their correlating vegetable plants. Simply amazing! Carrots, kale, shallots, radishes, lettuce and snap peas are following the instructions God imprinted into their previous generations: grow and prosper! I think I love the peas the most. One of my favorite summer pasttimes is standing in the evening garden grazing on peas ’til I’m full–the best kind of feast!
We also have an artichoke plant that is looking prehistorically large, with its long spiny fronds and beautiful, green-petaled fruit. There are nine artichokes on that one plant!
I have planted two boxes of potatoes, and have yet to plant squash, lemon cucumbers and tiny Sungold tomatoes. Rick is enlarging the garden by three boxes this year, and we’ll have no trouble filling those boxes as fast he finishes them. I know it’s been said many times and in many ways, but there truly is something so magical, so fulfilling and grace-laden, about growing some of our own food. If you haven’t tried it, I strongly encourage you to do so. I’m confident you’ll agree with me that there are multiple benefits to the investment of time in a garden.
There is no sun on the garden today; it’s rather overcast with an occasional drizzle. However, we know the summer sunshine is just around the corner, and to be ready, River Bar Soaps has formulated a sunscreen bar which we hope will be a welcome addition to our product line. This formulation consists of oils, butters and zinc oxide, and it will not have those artificial chemicals that are difficult to pronounce! I will be pouring our first batch today and am excited to offer this new product for the summer season. Other products we’re working on are a natural insect repellant and poison oak soap. Stay tuned for these products in the coming weeks.