It is so good to be “back.” I have been away from my personal computer and away from my garden 🙁 for a couple of weeks. Travels to see the grandbaby were SO fun, but my garden was ignored during that time. When we returned our life was full of hustle and bustle since we are in the midst of a remodel. By 7 a.m. the crew is at the house, banging away and looking for direction from us so that keeps me up at the house rather than back in the gardens. AND rain has stopped me in my tracks when I have been able to carve a bit of time out.
Confession— I had not done anything in my gardens since 8/17. Confession— I was in a panic over that! I KNEW that everything would be eaten (remember those army worms I discovered on my last outing?). If not eaten then strangled from the crab grass! If not eaten or strangled then slumped over from too much rain or not enough. My mind was a terrible place to visit. I was sad about my neglect, worried about what I would find and pretty much paralyzed to hop in Ms. Tupelo and have a discovery run up there.
BUT as I loaded up Ms. Tupelo yesterday morning I felt my spirit lifting. AND yes the grass was out of control and super long. But as we made it up our hill to the gardens, a wonderful sight was before me. The gardens were BURSTING!
There were beets, green beans, squash, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkins, cucumbers, peas, chard and basil. I could not believe it! WOW! They did just fine without me (lesson learned).
The beans had broken the trellis from their weight. The squash had grown over my rope so I had to reset it.
There were so many tomatoes, that even after I filled a homer bucket with 30 pounds of them it appeared that I had not picked anything!
After I picked the goodness, I sat in the back of Ms. Tupelo and wrote my thoughts for a bit. One thought is that no matter how long it has been since I have been outside gardening, the joy of being out there and seeing the goodness that is happening, far outweighs the stuff that is negative. And yes, along with all the goodness, I discovered that my cucumbers have mosaic virus. I filled a homer bucket with that also!
The grass may be long, but that is a sign of good things–we are still getting rain, the ground is fertile and I found myself thinking of all the nitrogen my plants must be getting with all that green between rows. I want to add an under cover crop in my gardens next spring, but nature has just done it for me this year. The beets, soybeans and green beans do not seem to mind at all to share their turf.
So, what did I harvest yesterday you may ask? (Even if you are not asking, I am DYING to show you!)
Isn’t that the best ever?????? All this I grew from seed. Sorry to be busting with pride but this is my first time starting stuff from seed and not buying starter plants. I am such the proud mama here! Look at the smile and blue skies…
And my little flower bed gave me some love yesterday also.
When I came in, I made me a great big tomato and basil sandwich! Oh my goodness, can you just taste this? It was so good, I even skipped the cheese!
Today, I am heading over to visit my mom and dad. I will be sharing the goodness with them in the form of bags of produce and a crock pot of fresh tomato sauce that cooked overnight in the crock pot.
So my garden is bursting and so am I! I hope you simply burst with delight over something today too!
Happy Unleashing (and bursting!)