June 2016 | jennifer@6ftmama.com

Capital June always marks the beginning of our summer camp marathon. PJ and John will be going to 6 weeks at Johnny Tauer's Championship Basketball Camp on the University of St. Thomas in addition to some local basketball camps around town. Emma is going to five camps this year: Hamline Young Writers Workshop, Folk School Camp at St. Olaf College,  Shakespeare Intensive at the Guthrie Theater, three writing camps at The Loft Literary Center including: The Pillars of Playwriting, Harnessing Humor in your Writing, and a Poetry Workshop, and a local theater camp production of Seussical. So, when I'm not in the garden, I'll be in the car driving to and from all these camps!

The garden will undergo a big transformation this month. The leaking water feature in the East Garden will get tore out and replaced with a new and improved water feature. This has been on my garden wishlist for three years and I'm so excited that it's finally happening!June 2016 Water Feature Tear Out
This month, the long wait is over because harvesting begins the first week of June with John's closely watched radish. This year we planted Pink Beauty from Renee's Garden - and it certainly lived up to it's name!Pink Beauty Radish Harvest 6ftmama blog

In the kitchen, this month I'm focusing on salad creations that involve the kids. I'm forever working on all kinds of new salad recipes to keep my garden to table pipeline flowing. That's a huge goal for me this summer - figuring out more ways to incorporate fresh ingredients from the garden. Teaching the kids where and how to harvest the lettuce, greens, and herbs around the garden makes the whole dinner experience extra rewarding.

John harvesting lettuce and salad greens for supper 6ftmama blog

Inspired by the Amazon commercial of the dog with the lion mane, we ordered one for Sonny and to the delight of everyone - he looks like a lion when he's wearing it.  So much so, in fact, that he stops traffic on our street when he has it on - so we have to be a little careful showing him off.Sonny in Lion Mane 6ftmama blog

That's the View From Up Here for June 2016.

 

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Registration for 6ftmama's Summer Evenings in the Garden Open Now!

Every summer, I open my garden to small groups eager to connect and learn through gardening, no matter where they are in terms of gardening experience.

 “My garden has always been a life-giving place for me.  Usually people are drawn to the garden but they can feel overwhelmed, unsure or disconnected from it.  It doesn’t have to be like that.  Every summer I want to do meaningful things in the garden that provide me with a deeper connection to and satisfaction from nature and beauty."  

People can find profound freedom and inspiration from spending time in the garden with just the right amount of nurturing, creativity, and practical advice.  I use the wintertime to design the Still Growing Gardening Summer Series to cover topics I would want to attend and it’s my pleasure to share in these experiences.  The garden is a place to unlock creativity, free the muse, and find truth.  Time and time again, I see people leave restored, ready to create in spaces that have been the proverbial thorn in their side and eager to bravely reclaim the joy that can grow from time well spent in the garden.  

The 2016 Still Gardening Summer Series is offered in the early evenings the following weeks: June 13 - 16, June 27 - 30, and July 11 - 14.  This year’s topics include Gardener's Latin, Garden your way into the Kitchen - one herb at a time (yes, we will be tasting recipes!), Life in the Garden: How to design for spaces that seem fruitless, and Jennifer’s Curated Garden Trends for 2016.  Groups are limited to ten people to create a more intimate connection to each other and the garden.

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