Thursday, August 13, 2015
Around the Garden
Ah, the August garden, it is wild, full of goodness, and such a happy place to be. For some reason, I seem to forget this wild and crazy time in the garden each year, not sure why, it is such a thriving time in the garden, but goodness, it is a jungle out there!
For the most part, taming it is difficult, as time is carefully balanced with different chores in the garden. Between harvesting, putting food by, and preparing beds for the fall/winter garden, the taming part kinda gets moved to the bottom of the list. And so, I watch as the garden explodes, reaching new heights, and towering over me like a giant.
It's all good though, because some days I do reach the bottom of the list, and I tame a small part of the garden, and the next day I tame another part, and slowly I gain control, only to lose it again. The harvests, of course, definitely make up for my lack of control in the garden, and they are rolling in daily, with so much goodness it is hard to contain my excitement. We have Swiss chard, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, and beets coming in, and the first carrots were harvested by my little man. Carrots are his most favourite thing to harvest, hands down. Our late season raspberries are slowly ripening, and each morning I gather a small handful for breakfast. The tomatoes are still trickling in, a handful or two a day, but I anticipate the next few weeks to be all about tomatoes.
I did spend time on the weekend seeding our fall/winter beds with carrots, beets, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, bush beans, and spinach, and I seeded a cover crop of buckwheat over two areas. As space opens in the garden, I will continue to seed cover crops, letting them grow, before turning them over into the soil, feeding the soil and all those wonderful, beneficial organisms that live within it.
The days are busy and full in the August garden, and I love it out there. It is the last hurrah, really, before the days get shorter and cooler, and this jungle of goodness becomes a distant memory...until next August.
How are things around your garden?