We are in the midst of a serious heat wave, but some harvests cannot wait. Here's the beautiful bounty that I gathered in just about 45 minutes of outside work. I had to work very carefully to avoid all the pollinators! The flowers of Mondarda fistulosa especially were filled with bees. I ended up not harvesting as much as I had planned simply because the hungry bees seemed to need the flowers more than I do, at least for today.
If you look closely, you will see some of the bees. They clung to the flowers even after I cut the stems and placed them in the harvest basket. Indeed, more pollinators were attracted to the cut blossoms. I had to bring the basket back outside and shake it a little to encourage the bees to leave. I would walk by the basket and hear the little buzz! Hopefully I have shooed them all back outside to the garden.
This is an overview of the raised bed gardens. We are eating from the garden every day- Regular Broccoli and Broccoli rappi, Kale, Rainbow Chard, Basil, Parsley, Purslane (Yes, we planted it! The wild kind is growing too, but Daryl wanted to insure his plant based Omega 3 supply), Zucchini, Cukes, etc. with more to come.