Ups and Downs of Midsummer Farming


| 7/22/2014 3:47:00 PM


April FreemanWhile many of our farming friends are winding down their most productive weeks in the garden, my own is sort of in the midsummer lull. Because I got such a late start (didn’t plant til June 1) I am just now getting the first few tomatoes and cucumbers. I know in another two weeks though, I will be swamped with tomatoes to peel and process, cukes to make into pickles, and peppers to chop and add to batches of homemade salsa.

Walking in the garden right now is one of my favorite things to do. The plants are all lush and verdant, thanks to the perfect amount of rain this growing season. The corn is beginning to tassel out, and I’ve picked a few handfuls of beans. Thankfully, I’ve kept ahead of the weeds, so I can enjoy the view without feeling like work is staring me in the face.

Under the spreading leaves of the watermelon and pumpkin vines, I can spy several swelling orbs that we will be happily picking in a couple of months.

watermelons

I love the garden this time of year. Thankfully, the weather has given us a cool respite and a great deal of rain. It’s been an odd July for weather, not that I am complaining.



Despite my joy over my gardening, I’ve had some sad days this week.





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