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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The Summer Garden
When the warmth of Spring begins, I long for time in the garden. I plot and plan. I scour the seed catalogs that have filled my mailbox for weeks. I dream of what I will can and dehydrate as my lush Summer Garden provides all of the food we will need for the winter. And then, it RAINS.
When I say rain, I don't mean a nice spring shower. No, I mean it rains 3 inches and just about the time I think it's safe to walk outside without boots, it rains another 3 inches. It teases me like this for weeks. Finally, I come to the conclusion that it's never going to dry out. The sun will never shine long enough to put a garden in. I guess we will have to rely on store-bought food. :(
Just as all hope seems to be gone....the sun shines! And the days heat up! Before I know it, the plants are in the ground and I'm fighting 100 degree temps with 110 heat indexes! What happened to SPRING?? I'm even wishing for a little rain to give my sprinkler system a break.
The lush garden from my dreams looks like a dry, parched wasteland. The tomato plants droop and the squash bugs are feasting on the squash buffet I have provided them. The only thing that seems to thrive are the weeds.
I managed to collect enough green beans for a meal or two. There will be no beautiful quart jars full of green beans awaiting us this winter. The zucchini that I stole from the squash bugs was rationed between the four of us.
The tomatoes? Oh, the tomatoes. I had a lovely tomato sandwich courtesy of my husband's co-worker. Maybe the most delicious I have ever eaten. You are wondering about my tomatoes? Well, so am I. There were a few that survived the desert conditions but not many. There will be no fresh-tasting salsa, no tomato soup. There will be no pasta sauce (although my basil THRIVED!) and no canned tomatoes.
Today, I have tilled under the last of my summer disappointment and I begin dreaming once again. This time, dreaming of greens and broccoli, spinach and kale. I pray the heat weakens and winter takes it's time arriving. There is still hope......in the Fall Garden.