So, you may (or may not) have noticed my lack of posts here lately. There are two reasons for this. One: It’s summer time. It goes way too fast and before I know it another week has past me by! Two: I might be pouting. Is it possible for a grown woman to pout? Well, I feel like maybe I have been! It feels like if I can’t do what I want then I just don’t do anything. I told my husband early this season that we should just not plant a garden this year. Declare it a Sabbath for the Land. I told him that things were getting worse, so we needed to focus on getting our home in order and refinancing away from our high interest rate. Have a little more cash in our pocket. He said, “Well, if you think things are getting bad, isn’t it going to be more important than ever to have food readily available?” Sound logic. Yes. It is more important than ever. But not what I thought I wanted to do.
So we spent our time planting our gardens, hoeing and hilling and just when we started to see the first of our harvest it started to rain…and it hasn’t stopped yet. Sure, it’s not always raining. But when it does boy does it!! We are way over average and the gauge keeps rising. It’s raining right now! So long story still not short, we haven’t tilled our garden in six weeks or more. We haven’t weeded a dent in it. I had these huge plans to share my beautifully perfect garden with you. I had plans to be so busy and have so much to share there wouldn’t be time to breathe…but I couldn’t do what I wanted so I just didn’t do anything!! There are things that need to be done in my house, but I’m so hung up on what I planned to get done this year that I haven’t done it. What’s the use painting that wall when you’re going to tear it out any minute? So I mope around. I can’t work in the garden and have no ambition in the house.
I was right. Things are getting bad. We should have declared a Sabbath for the land…maybe. I quit looking at our garden for a while. How could anything we planted grow in that swamp full of weeds? God can tell it to, I reckon. Because it did!! We started picking cucumbers from the far garden last week. We have to throw as many as we bring in because they grow so fast for all the rain…but we’ve brought in a couple of grocery sacks full! There are twice as many plants as last year and not half the harvest. But there are plenty!!
We’ve been sinking to our knees for a month now digging potatoes as we need them. How they’re all not rotten I’ll never know. But a grocery sack full from two plants yesterday. There are plenty!! We need to dig them all and I think using the tractor and plow is out for the mud…but that doesn’t change the fact that they are there to get!! The second planting in the front garden aren’t going to do much if anything… but hey…I’ll win next year!
There are bell peppers, too. Well, if you’re willing to walk through chigger-ville to get them! So today my husband was surprised how well the front garden is drying up considering the many swamp areas in the yard. He was able to drive the mower between the rows, and we figure the weeds will pull some moisture out of the ground and then we’ll do something. Some things we have time to replant, some things we don’t. What I wanted to shoot for today was enough green beans for a big pot with new potatoes and smoked sausage. So he mowed between the rows and we all set out to get that. And we did!! The beans in the first pic (with the people) are Blue Lake Bush beans.
They are determinate meaning you’ll get some early beans, but there is one main harvest (commercial varieties are bred that way). So they gave it all they had and I didn’t see any more blooms today. It was a struggle, but they put out about half a bushel. In other years that would’ve been the few small harvests before the big shebang and then again after, but hey. The next pics are of an indeterminate heirloom variety.
I wish I could tell you which particular variety but all I know is that I love them. They are long and slender for a good while before they really get big beans, so they’re perfect for frenching, string-less and strong. As long as you pick them they’ll bloom, all the way to frost. They’re not in great shape, but if it dries out more I think they have a fighting chance to really be prolific, especially since there are still plenty of blooms. So we pulled the first and we’ll replant (there’s still time…we mowed some once in late August and they ended up coming back stronger and we got a couple of bushels more from them before freeze). We left the heirlooms to do their thing. I have high hopes.
Finding onions was like going on a treasure hunt…
The tomatoes didn’t get cages this year, but there are tomatoes. The trick will be to catch them as soon as they’re ripe, cause they’ll start rotting just as fast lying on the ground like that.
Sweet corn that never got fertilized or hilled…but looks decent!
I’m thinking Orville Redenbacher will get our business this year…the popcorn isn’t looking so good.
There are a few watermelons so far…a few more rotten than not. If we get even one the kids will be happy. Every year before now we’ve let fifty rot so that’s fitting, I guess. We’ll appreciate them more next year!!
So that’s about it. I’m grateful to have something to be grateful for! I’m hearing that a lot of other gardens have past the point of no return. I’m sorry for that. I didn’t realize what a year of no garden would do to me when I suggested such a thing. I have realized that if the land wants a rest, it will take it whether you offer it or not. We have very little control over the things that affect us most. I’m worried about the outcome of all this between fruit shortages already from the coasts, chicken epidemics (i.e. eggs), and now the effects of all this flooding in our grain crop states. I wish I could wake people up to what happens to us as a whole when the majority denies the very God that has made this country so great and gave us His protection.
All I know for sure is that I’m having canning withdrawals, but my house plans might be working better for waiting. A few different options have opened up in the past month, and I may end up being able to keep my family room and still get another bedroom. Or we may just move on altogether! That might be best…especially since there would be a substantial increase in acreage, too!! So patience is a vurtue…who knew.