Welcome to the Edson Family Garden Almanac! This is our first entry. Over time, we'll probably revisit things we've learned and experienced in our yard that we want to remember and celebrate, but today we're going to stay focused on the present moment.
Summer ended yesterday in family time. This morning we walked our six-year-old, Wyatt, who you will get to know well if you follow our almanac regularly, to his first day of first grade. He was greeted by friends who rushed across the yard shouting his name and wrapping him up in excited hugs. His smile was what every parent wants for their child on the first day of school. It was fantastic.
Then, Ingrid and I walked home and got ready to depart for our respective jobs. We have a small home on a small lot and so we have utilized very little square inch of space to grow things in. Our one car garage does not house either of our cars, but rather my work bench, our bikes and scooters, and all of our junk and other stuff that doesn't fit in our house. My wife usually parks in front of the garage and in a little space next to her parking spot, we built a planter box where we have two espallier Fuji apple trees growing, along with some lavender, lilies and other flowers, and the occasional carrot or two.
This year, for the first time, our apple trees fruited and we've been lovingly watching them grow round and redden the whole summer. Thinking the normal apple harvesting time was October, we've been trying to be patient and let them have their full season, but as I was headed to my car this morning, Ingrid called out that someone had started eating our apples. The squirrels were letting us know harvest time had arrived. Here are some pictures and a video celebrating our first apples!
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