The veggie garden is green and full and lovely at the moment.
Some cooler summer days and loads of spring rain has made everything leafy and wild
I can’t believe I planted so much this year. It didn’t feel like a lot back in spring. I just kept heaping dirt into rows and popping more seeds into the ground. I guess I was just excited to be outside in the sunshine, I didn’t really think about how it would look in a month or two.
Now, mid-summer, it’s a jungle of nicely planted rows gone crazy, insidious weeds and over ambitious scatterings of sun flowers. It is that magical point where everything is about to burst forth with fruit. At the moment we are savoring the first of the zucchini and beans, but soon enough we will be trying to give away the giant zucs and bags of beans to anyone who will take them.
But the cooler summer days are finally giving way to the hot dry days that I love. The weather forecast says it will be hot here all week. Kind of a lot hot, with temperatures from 36-42 Celsius (96-107 F) every day till Friday. I am pretty sure my green leafy jungle won’t like that sort of prolonged heat.
Today, since it is slightly less hot at only 34 C, I am mulching, and watering and picking anything that is even remotely big enough to eat. The kids think I am building cubby houses as I try to arrange sheets into makeshift shade over the pumpkins and cucumbers. I’m crossing my fingers that my plants make it through this week of heat and dragging out my list of zucchini recipes to use up this early abundance.
As I play cubbies and smile at my big boy eating handfuls of fresh green beans for breakfast I wonder who I have become…
Am I already an old lady fussing over her garden?
(I’m not that old!)
Am I nutbag attempting to be self sufficient?
(We are no where near self sufficient and don’t try to be)
I am not sure, but the pleasure I get from seeing food grow in my garden, and especially from feeding it to my family is more than I ever could have imagined. Maybe the old woman and the nutbag are on to something…