The strawberries have arrived!  I love this time of year, fresh strawberries from our little patch. 

 

It is so wonderful to go out and pick a basket of sun warmed strawberries.  We’ve been eating them in cereal, on shortcakes (with yummy homemade whip cream- even though fruit and cream are a no no in the Ayurveda world- once in a while won’t hurt), in smoothies, on waffles, in salads or sometimes the best way just by themselves.  So far, this year, we’ve gotten to them before the bugs have – there have been a few casualties but not like the past.  We use our own homemade bug-be-gone remedy….. canola/vegetable oil and soy sauce- about a 3/1 ratio.   The soy attracts the bugs and the oil keeps them in the container (we use cat food cans or tuna cans).  It’s perfect and organic!  This has been the best bug control we’ve found.  We used to use beer (which also works) but it evaporates quickly and we have a hard time justifying wasting beer (we like our beer). 

THe lettuce is crazy, we can’t keep up with eating salads (I’m not complaining).  I’ve been piling the lettuce on my cheese sandwiches I take to work.  It’s so yummy.  The arugula is so peppery and good.  I can eat it all day. 

Our strawberry guava trees are adorned with flowers so this is going to be a great year for guavas. 

These are awesome bushes, they are great along a fence line for privacy, you can prune them and keep them smaller or let them get bushy, they keep their leaves all year and the flowers are edible and beautiful.  And don’t forget the fruit is heavenly!  Doug always says “it’s the fruit of the gods”. 

Now that we’ve been getting food from our garden again, I’m getting so anxious for that first tomato – I can hardly wait! But that’s what I’m going to have to do, wait!  Oh, but that first bite is going to be so worth the wait!