Welcome to Pachamama's Beautiful Food with Margaret Gilfoyle ~ magical recipe alchemy and love affair with the earth
Take a walk through my garden, 2012 in Paonia, Colorado
Walking through my garden last season was a continuous joy for me. Of the thousands of photos I took, here’s a sampling of the wonder as I saw it. The diversity that IS life on this planet fills my heart. And last year filled my garden, too. So grateful! What’s growing (or grew) in my backyard garden this year, in the North Fork Valley of Colorado, with rich, black dirt and LOTS of earthworms:
Over wintered collards, spinach, mixed lettuces, radishes, strawberries, beets, carrots, red pontiac and yukon gold potatoes, several kales, rainbow chard, tri-color bush beans-yellow wax, green, burgundy, blue lake pole beans, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, pickling cucumbers, Luscious bi-color sweet corn, watermelon, butternut squash, white pumpkin seeds turning into orange pumpkins, jalapeno, red bell and serrano peppers, tomatillo, and ten varieties of tomato: moby grape, sun gold, yellow pear, sweet 100’s, san marzeno, lemon boy, early girl, beefsteak, purple cherokee, brandywine.
Herbs: horseradish, thyme, chives, rosemary, basil, burnet, garden sage, oregano, parsley, lavendar, lemon balm, spearmint – plus white sage and sweetgrass
And ornamental gourds
Bees in the glory days of fall
Tierra me cuerpo – Earth my body
last fall’s photo op of the pumpkins
October 11, 2012 yield from the beet and carrot patch
gratitude to Mother Earth – Pachamama
symbol of change
the sweetness of life in motion
at least a pound of basil today
bean picking with a glass of hard cider!
a few lovely tomatoes
the praying mantis swiveled it’s head to eye me
exquisite jumble of the garden
evening sun through the grapes
surprise! baby butternut squashes beneath the garden chair
they are delicious, so sweet….
you’ll be happy to see my last watermelon is fully ripe and luscious!
bringing renewed sweetness to hearts and spaces in the future
first of the season black walnuts
Pachamama’s presence, for sure
ready to harvest!
Explore beyond …..
today’s harvest of red pontiac heirloom potatoes alongside white sage, oregano, sweet grass and basil plants
picking out the perfect leaves, young and tender
red oak lettuce…
picking pickling cukes!
After a welcome rain…
organic bi-color Luscious sweet corn
tomatillos of joy
leeks are coming along and vichyssoise awaits!
Roots! massive scarlet nantes carrots
tomato treasures, plus a lone chili
morning light playing through elderberries, bush beans, watermelon and mallow
all set for the summer wedding reception potluck in the park
tri color beauties after washing
light and shadow in autumn
October bees and broccoli going to flower
the Hall of Corn and Elderberries
through Great Spirit’s eyes – a gourd blossom’s view of the garden
And a couple months later — true Paradise.
Additional fruits: apricot, a tiny sour cherry, reliance seedless pink grapes, Italian plum, “summer” apple, elderberry, chokecherry, rhubarb, gooseberry (which hasn’t borne fruit yet! and one black walnut tree…..
I’m not living a “100 mile diet” yet by any means, but I do really enjoy growing as much variety as possible to at least produce most of my vegetables, etc. for as much of the year as possible. And I actually think I’m going to take the plunge and buy a chest freezer this week… That must mean I’m turning farmer, right?!