Shadow Shot Sunday by Tracy in sunny Brisbane, arrives again as this week's rain (five days) has abated. This is a good thing.
My longtime friend Mike (since 1969) visited today for an annual ritual, preparing our 5 gallon garden pots and planting summer treats of tomatoes and peppers.
At his home an hour from here, a large vegetable garden showcases his passion for organic gardening. Thus, his help allows for fabulous summer salads for us in two months, hopefully sooner...
The sun was most welcome today. The peat moss is used to shield the tender plants - when soaked with water, the moss can hold up to 40 X its weight with water. Thus, the plants tender roots remain cooler with the soaked mass of moss.
The seedlings are potted alongside our garage, which for sun is great, the sun falls over the plants all day long, the exposure sending the nourishing UV rays onto the garden. Too much UV may be harmful for us - however, the tomatoes probably think otherwise
The prolific farmer has so many strawberries planted at his abode (used as ground cover), a few plants were uprooted and potted. Sweet berries are always a treat - how do we keep the birds away from our fruit? Perhaps a bird feeder will offer them a diversion...
Today, the treats to be harvested include, beside strawberries, Basil, tomatoes (Beefsteak, Roma and Sweet 100s) and peppers (Jalapeños, Cubanelles and Golden Summer). Fresh is always better!
Naturally, shadows were sought, sighted and shot, From the siding on the house to the tender leaves, the variety of changed lighting is all about the flora and grounds.
The usual summer salad of fresh tomatoes, basil and Mozzarella cheese awaits. Dressed lightly with olive oil and perhaps a bit of salt stays in my consciousness all year. Happily, it is soon to be :)
The flat is full of seedlings awaiting their planting. The side yard has no style with such things as last fall's dead leaves.
However devoid of beauty now, the harvest in July and August will offer a gastronomic artistry to our palette. Patience is a virtue as we await Summer's best...
See shadowy artistry from all over at the fun meme at Hey Harriet!