summer garden is coming in strong, especially with fruit. Yes, those are our oranges, peaches, grapes
and raspberries pictured above (thanks to Ted
Lyddon Hatten for the photos). On
top of that there are apples, strawberries, plums and apricots (and melons to
come). It’s been an incredible bounty—and
a little overwhelming to keep up with; the processing (freezing, drying,
canning) will stretch on for months. Sadly,
we had to take down our apricot tree after harvest this year, as it was
terminally infected with brown rot. So
our intensive gardening learning curve continues, and we’re grateful we were at
home all month to tend to it all. A
highlight too was attending the July 22nd open house at the new Ventura River Steelhead Preserve just a
few miles from our house, a major new project of the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy.
On a hike there we were thrilled to observe several young and adult
steelhead in one of the Preserve’s shaded perennial pools!