On losing time

Ground cloth/weed blocker makes a good shade cloth for tender lettuces

Ping/bang/scrape, buzzz….ping/bang/scrape…buzz:  it’s got to be summer, I can no longer deny it.  The June bugs hit the screen of our bedroom window as I sit reading every night in the light of the nightstand lamp.  June, already?  Yes.

I have learned to ignore or at least tune out the clanging gong of the seasonal imperatives this late spring/early summer.  How can I not?  With everything clamoring to be The First Priority, isn’t it easier to stay in bed, or maybe go to the beach?

15’x60′ addition is at least fenced and tilled:  garden beds need to be installed and filled and, well, planted

Yes, I am trying hard to take my own advice:  it’s a marathon, not a sprint.  Winter’s late stay, spring’s sodden unhappiness…these things do affect what comes out of the ground, including what should be going into it, and when.  So indeed the garden expansion is two months behind.  So be it!  Corn in September, not August; beans in August, not July.

Besides:  wouldn’t you just rather be a kid, and play?  Or at least sit down and watch one do so?  Eleven day old baby Ivy with mama Cricket, out to pasture

8 responses to “On losing time

  1. So it’s not just me that’s behind. At least the peas are finally starting to make peas…..

  2. It’s already too hot to garden down here. I did pull off one yellow and one small red tomato over the weekend. I have lots of green ones on the vines. Jalapenos are coming along, as is the pole and green beans. That’s all so far. I’ve got to water every day.

  3. I think it’s everybody, and really, blooming stuff is 2 weeks behind too around here, so it’s not even just veggie gardeners. We were really lucky to use time off to get a lot done on our expansion, but it was still the latest I’ve planted tomatoes (in fact, planted a few more this morning). But with this heat maybe everything will catch up?

    And definitely go to the beach! It’s good for you 🙂

  4. I have peas, too. It’s hard not to sweat about all the undone tasks, but then there’s the kitchen as well, and I seem to remember having a child too…

  5. I woke up and realized (to the horror of my lovely spouse, Mrs Pesto ) that I was late getting basil seeded and up. Fortunately the Thai varieties I had last year managed to set enough seed so that I have a couple dozen volunteers already a foot tall and growing like the weeds they are…

  6. Its crazy trying to figure out when to plant. This is our first season in Virginia after moving from Maine. I planted things a few weeks later than I should have because I didn’t trust that the weather would stay mild! Silly me. Luckily I’m keeping a journal so next year I’ll know better. Its hot and dry so our rain barrels have been key giving us 220 gallons of rain water to irrigate with, now if only it would rain again! I totally missed PYO strawberries by three weeks because of the new growing schedule here! Ah, the learning curve!

  7. We’re behind here too, still have carrots, zukes, squash, melons, mangel beets and a few grain crops and sunflowers seeds to plant for our poultry. I’ve already had to replace( from the local greenhouse, not our own germinated plants*sigh*) our cabbage and brussel sprouts because they froze last week( yep in the first week of June)

    Praying everything has a chance to ripen before the frost hits us in Fall, if not we have a well stocked pantry, thus the reasoning behind rotational gardening and making the most of every crop. :o)

  8. Hah! Glad to hear I am not the only one out in the wilderness and behind.

    Paula, yes, peas, finally! Isn’t it great and tasty. It’s at this time of the year I always wish I had planted more…and then of course it’s not so wonderful.

    What a furnace you must live in, Jules. I know what you mean though. Watering is just part of the game I guess. Do you mulch at least? I have begun mulching the greenhouse beds (first time ever) despite the fact that mulch harbors all kinds of bug nasties, waiting to prey upon the tender stems.

    Sara, I am still planting OUT tomatoes. Ergh. Bad planning coupled with bad weather. I am really thankful for the recent temperate weather though. Now if it will only stay this way.

    Peter, hah, well is school out yet? It’s really hard for me to forget I have one when she’s, you know, around and not squirreled away at school all day. And she’s tall enough to reach the stove and scramble up some eggs for herself. All good. Now if I could only teach her how to use the Chemex.

    Cohutt, lucky you that the stuff volunteers! My first batch didn’t come up. Sigh. It’s the replanting I don’t figure in time for! But you’re making me reconsider the Thai basil. Normally I don’t bother with those small leaves, but if they act like a perennial I might just!

    Liz, what lessons you’re learning! At least your journal will help…but of course you need to remember to consult it, a task I just fail at, consistently…. Just think though how much sooner you’ll have your tomatoes. And you’ve got a much longer growing season, yay!

    How crappy, Kelle, that your stuff froze. That you just can’t plan for, grr! I am surprised the cabbages froze; ours usually can take a bit of cold (even prefer it) but sometimes they get tricked into blooming early. Not a good thing. And yes your rotation sure sounds like it’s a workable plan: I like the idea of always having something going on, don’t you, and making those trips up and down from the pantry…hopefully nobody ever tires of (name your best crop) at your house!

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