Time flies and here we are already at the summer solstice. The sunrise was at 5:30 am and the sun will set at 9:00 pm. It’s going to be 81 degree outside today. Boy, did this just turn into summer overnight?

The changing of the seasons is always time for me to take stock of what’s happening on our little slice of homestead. There is a changing of the guard in the garden. The arugula has already bolted and I am now eating a second round of radishes (Cincinnati Market heirloom radishes pictured above). The spinach is getting taller and taller, ready to bolt, and I am eagerly chowing down on those last fat, iron-filled leaves.

We are down one duck, but are looking at raised another couple ducklings to round of the flock. Their enforced duck house is keeping them safe and the hot pink paint job looks awesome. I have been draining the water from their kiddie pool directly onto the garden beds. I think we have the biggest butter lettuce I have ever grown! Thanks ducks.

Our meals are being made up predominantly by our backyard harvests. Eggs are at every meal now and we haven’t had to give any away yet. My shoulders and back are getting less pink and more brown. The strawberries are coming on and I have the itch to start preserving.

It must be summer.

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Written by Renee Wilkinson