I’ll let you in a little secret…by mid-August, the whole gardening gig becomes a real drag. The weeds, the bugs, the disease…ugh.
The beautiful lushness of the early season is long gone. Many of the plants have given way to pests or disease. The weeds have become an impassable jungle. It’s hot and humid and everything looks tired.
A great deal of self-control is required to resist that urge to take a bush-hog (or possibly a blow-torch) to the entire place, plunk a “gone-fishing” (or maybe a FOR SALE) sign and head to the islands.
In actuality, that will never happen. (mostly because I’m not a big fan of the beach and that whole sand in your underwear thing) We’re also no quitters and this place provides our livelihood.
We still have 14 weeks of Market to provide for, breeding season for the sheep has just gotten under way, and winter preparations are never far from our thoughts.
So, we figure out a way to get over the serious case of summer doldrums and go on.
That means accentuating the positive and minimizing the negative. That can be a challenge, but it’s what gets us through the difficult times.
Here are a few of the positive things I found this week…
|fall potatoes are looking GREAT|
|common buckeye butterfly|
|pretty morning glories|
|hauling mulch for the fall brassicas|
|ragweed shadows on the hoophouse|
|tilling for brassicas|
|pretty sure this was not in the orthopedic protocol|
but, we got at least 250 broccoli planted
|a stupendous okra season|
|heading out to graze|
so far, so good on breeding season
|hummer at the feeder|
Now, I'm not so sure if this is good news or not...
They say that for every fog in August, there is a snow in winter...
We've had a LOT of foggy mornings!
Which is interesting, because I read that the weather for winter is settling into an El Nino pattern. Historically, those bring lots of snow. Not a big snow fan.
But, the misty mornings are really pretty!
|another good Market day!|
We ended the week with another family birthday celebration. I guess I should have written a new post for a new milestone. But, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our eldest! And, here's a repeat of another birthday post. It's lots of fun to watch the next generation grow and play.
Have a Happy Sunday!
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