We had a cool, wet spring, and things in the garden didn’t take off like they do a lot of years, but everything survived. Now they’re catching up. Then we had a long hot spell: the time when the whole east coast was under a dome of excessive heat. Other places suffered worse; some people on the east coast died from heat issues, and there are fires raging in the west and south west. I can be thankful that we have water, cos some places are developing shortages, and our mountains are not on fire. And my garden grows, so again the blessings of the earth are wonderful.
Our government continues to deny the realities of climate change, but that’s an issue I won’t get into here. All we can each do is do the best we can for ourselves and our own communities, and accept that climate change is now affecting us all.
I made the garden smaller this year, cos I’m getting old(er.) The big grassy area used to be a fenced in area, and I’ve now turned that into some patchy grass, but it’s getting better as time goes along, with some seeding in the spring. My stone patch looks good making its way down to the bean pergola.
There are lots of tomatoes of 7 kinds. 2 kinds of beans and cucumbers are on the poles, and 2 summer squash are under the pergola. And the beans are starting to climb. Then in the back are several different hot and sweet peppers in pots, and a summer squash back there too. And a pot of basil. There will be Italian recipes made soon, and when there get to be a lot of tomatoes, (more than enough to eat and share) I’ll start blanching and freezing some to make tomato sauce later on.
I planted one cabbage and one collard at the end of tomato row, cos cabbage is fun to grow and I will be able to pick collard leaves all summer to make small batches of it sautéed with tomato cubes and Parmesan cheese.
Earlier in the summer the sweet Williams in the wild flower bed were amazing. Their heads are brown now and I’ll let them there to spread seeds for next summer.
Sometimes you get special treats in the summer, unexpected ones. Like………..seeing a ground hog up in a tree! They do climb trees occasionally, and nobody seems to understand why, unless you’re a ground hog.
Last summer I had many gardening challenges, including resident groundhogs that had to be evicted. Some always live up in the field and woods behind the house, so this might be one of “ours”, or a relative. But no resident ones this year, thankfully. https://sarasinart.net/2017/08/03/groundhogs-and-bamboo-and-squash-bugs-oh-my/
So summer rolls along, and life rolls along, and we count our blessings each day. Enjoy Today.