My garden reminds me of a summer ice tea.

Magic and mundane.

Ethereal and earthy.

Refreshing and nourishing.

Everyday I drink my garden with my eyes. I roll them over each plant, noticing the bugs and the blossoms.  I see it but I really do have a hard time visually taking it all in. How beautiful it is. How much abundance there is. How it changes so quickly. It seems just a few weeks ago I was rolling seeds around in my hand. And now I duck through a jungle to locate ingredients for dinner. I hunt for a zucchini to the soundtrack of the neighborhood–jarring horns, loud music, occasional shouts. The city, right outside the garden gate, is hot and irritable. I sit down and sip the cool and quiet. I feel the sensations travel across my tongue, down my throat and through the inner corridors of my body. This is the way I really understand my garden. Drinking it in.

I am the vessel, the container for the brew. Earth flavored tea steeping in my soul.

 

The garden brew:

Growth in just a few weeks- next two pictures are the same spot

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Old South Valley elderberry tree that I visited recently and helped harvest

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Elderberry tincture

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Mid summer kale- still tender!

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Squash and cucumbers and the trusty squash bug spray (equal parts beer, ammonia and dish soap- kills them on contact). The round zucchini is called Ronde de Nice and is a new favorite, so creamy and light.

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 Garden jungle, inside:

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 Garden jungle, from the street:

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 Growing pumpkin

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 My sitting place.. has been taken over!

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Our squash, tomatoes,  onions, cucumber, for shish-kabob and our rosemary, thyme and mint for chicken marinade

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The garden gate

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Stephanie Cameron

Stephanie Cameron

Edible celebrates New Mexico's food culture, season by season. We believe that knowing where our food comes from is a powerful thing. With our high-quality, aesthetically pleasing and informative publication, we inspire readers to support and celebrate the growers, producers, chefs, beverage and food artisans, and other food professionals in our community.
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