They say that confession is good for the soul. So perhaps if I confess my gardening sins to the internet, my soul will begin to feel more green than black again.
Friends, I confess, our garden this year is a disaster. I present, Exhibit A:
We’ve got a good crop of weeds, anyway. I’m already mourning the tomato sauce I’m not going to can, the corn I’m not going to freeze. We did get a number of meals of fresh beans, and I even froze a handful of quart bags. But the pigs enjoyed the majority of our overgrown beans.
And the only excuse I can offer up is that I’ve not yet found a balance for this season of life that we’ve entered, this season of having active kids to cheer on and support as they find and develop their own interests, their own strengths. It was admittedly much simpler when they were little, and our evenings were our own. Now I get so much joy out of watching them do the things they love and develop their talents. I’m certainly not complaining about it. I know that in a blink this season will be gone, and they will gone off to lives and homes of their own. But it’s hard to juggle that with my own desire to be a modern-day Ma Ingalls. I’m hoping some of you been-there-done-that moms will offer me some suggestions.
But back to the
jungle garden. Matt would love to just take the lawn mower to the whole thing and be rid of this eyesore. (In fact he did start to take the mower to it, and took out 2 of my paltry 6 melons in the process!)
But as I toured the
jungle garden today, I found that there’s still some bounty to be found.
Exhibit B: I’ve got 2 of these Cream of Saskatchewan melons out there.
I’ve also got one Chelsea Watermelon and one Sweet Siberian melon. So on the bright side, we’ll at least get to sample one of each of the 3 types of melons we planted. I planted 3 packs of melon seeds, and only 6 germinated. I blame that one on the crazy weather we’ve had here in Iowa this summer.
Exhibit C: We’ve had a bumper crop of lovely cauliflower.
These were grown from purchased starts. It’s one of the few things I’ve managed to freeze for winter. And it’s still coming on.
Exhibit D: One lone but oh-so-perfect-looking head of cabbage.
Exhibit E: What I picked on my little walk-through today. A green zucchini, a yellow zucchini, some onions, potatoes, and tomatoes.
I’m hopeful we’ll have a bumper crop of potatoes and onions. The drying beans should come out pretty well. I’m making up for our gardening shortcomings by purchasing from my friends at the farmers markets we attend. And I have to say that those little tomatoes there on the right side of the bowl are making me very happy. Those are from seeds that Karl & Tabitha sent me. Plus there are some yet-to-ripen varieties from other seeds they sent. I’ve managed to not completely squander their generosity away.
So things are maybe not as bad as they seemed when I first began this little confession. Could be a whole lot better, of course, but there’s always next year. Leave me your tips on kid & farm & garden time management!
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