Well, like all good things…the summer garden is coming to an end…at least the first round of it! The bugs have invaded!!
It has definitely been an encouraging season…I have never had so many squash, cucumbers, and beans coming out of my ears!! It’s been so wonderful to have extra to share! We even have a freezer full of squash for when I get the wintertime blues and need some summer sunshine. Ya know? I did learn a few things…let me share with you my lessons learned.
10 Commandments of Gardening with Erica (aka-The Novice)
- Thou shalt cage your tomatoes before they are bushes.
- Thou shalt secure said tomato cages in order to prevent them from blowing over in the freak summer storms.
- Thou shalt not plant thy zucchini plants so close together that you can’t reach the zucchini.
- Thou shalt not plant pokey cucumbers again. The smooth skinned ones are much nicer to your poor fingers.
- Thou shalt uproot and burn your diseased tomato plants very early on so as not to infect other plants.
- Thou shalt trellis your beans…Even if they are “bush” beans. Unless you fancy digging in bushes to discover said beans.
- Thou shalt also trellis your cucumbers so as to avoid the crazy vine maze they create. Unless you just really like vine mazes and watching your kids continually trip over rampant cucumber vines.
- Thou shalt let nature do its thing and not too concerned when your compost pile starts sprouting strange plants of unknown origin.
- Thou shalt adopt and accept the motto “If at first you don’t succeed, try try again…and again…and again.”
- Thou shalt let go of the notion of perfection. Weeds are friends right?
- (I know it’s more than 10…one more for good measure). Never let your garden go a day without picking produce, lest you find baseball bat sized zucchini. Tomato baseball anyone?
Who doesn’t love summer bounty? We have been totally blessed by it this year…there is so much JOY in going to your backyard to pick things for dinner. The kids especially love it. Everyday the girls would go out and pick a small cucumber from the garden and some strawberries and then go swing on their new play set. Incredible.
We still have more coming! The winter squash is coming along nicely! Hopefully we will get some pumpkins out of that!! I had watermelons planted, but unfortunately they didn’t do too well. Boo. See # 9 above. The sweet potatoes will be harvested in the fall! I am super excited about that! I hope they do as well as they did last year since we planted 10 times more than we planted last year! That’s a lot of potatoes yo.
Ok, I’m off to roast up some coffee for Coffee With a Mission at church this week!