For seventeen years we have grown food on this land. There have been years of small, less work to do gardens, years of growing as much as we can, and years of growing what we know does well and what we will eat.
The wonderful thing about growing your own food is that each year the garden offers different lessons. There has not been one year in which something hasn't been added to our growing list of garden lessons. This year our lesson has come swift, a lesson in letting go.
On Friday last week, in the early evening, a very strong, quick storm blew through our area, bringing with it thunder, lightning, heavy rain and hail. The hail fell from the sky for ten minutes. While Justin worried about damage to the car, I worried about damage to the garden.
When it was over, and safe to go outside, we ventured out to take in the damage. The car has a few little dents, but nothing to be concerned about. The gardens, well, you can see from the photos above, they were hit pretty hard.
I am pretty sure the potatoes have been wiped out. I keep checking them to see if the plants will bounce back, but each day they look a little worse. The pumpkin, squash and zucchini are still producing at the moment, and all their flowers survived, I think in part due to the huge leaves protecting them. The Swiss chard was pretty beat up, and got a good haircut, and already their is new growth peeking out. The cucumbers took a significant hit, but it seems the leaves protected the precious flowers, so I am hoping they will still keep producing. The snow peas and bush beans were also hit hard, but they were for the most part done anyway. I will harvest the last of both today, and then clean out that bed.
I have no control over Mother Nature, she will do as she pleases, and all I can do is work alongside her the best I can, with the conditions she throws at me. Over the last few days I have done what I can to save what is left, and now I have to let go and see what happens. Fingers are crossed.
A big lesson on letting go this week, but a good one for this type A, control freak.
Now it hasn't been all doom and gloom around the garden this week, we have been enjoying the first tomatoes, zucchini is a regular in our meals and the strawberries and raspberries keep on coming. The first cucumbers have been eaten, the snow peas are delicious and green beans have been eaten, frozen and canned. I took some time on Sunday to braid our garlic for storage, and I got the cold frame in the ground, insulated with some straw and ready for soil. The winter garden is taking shape, and I for one, am pretty excited about it.
Even with the storm, there are still a lot of good things happening in the garden. And there it is, another lesson from the garden this week...take time to notice the good things, even when life throws a little bump along the path.
So much learned this week in the garden.
How are things around your garden?