August 1st, 2011

Navigating the transitional time in the garden

I’m in a transition. My bush beans are about done—I pulled them out on Saturday morning. There are just a few ears of corn left in the corn patch. My potatoes are dying back, so it’s time to harvest them. My zucchinis were huge, but have since withered and died. I harvested the garlic, and most of the onions have been dug up and put to good use. The peas are long gone.

What does this all mean to me? A few things….

First, it reminds me how fast time goes by these days, how fleeting a summer can be, how if you blink you might just miss the season completely. I remember how summers used to last forever, how a day was so long, how a week down at the shore as a kid was nearly a lifetime in and of itself. I’m sure it’s just a function of growing older and the general relativity of time. A year is a seventh of your life when you’re seven. But when you’re 38, a week at the shore is hardly any time at all. I guess that’s why it’s so important to live in the present moment—to be in the now. Let me coin a phrase: To be in the Now is to be in the Know.

(Yes, I tend to get a little philosophical here on my blog)

This transitional period of my garden also means that there’s a whole lot of real estate coming up for grabs soon, and I need to be on the ball in order to get my fall crops in the ground in time. Here’s what I’m thinking:

Kale, more beans, more kale, more peas, maybe some more zucchini, I have a packet of quinoa seeds, spinach, more kale. I might even try a late crop of potatoes, but that’s more of an experiment. I’ll let you know what happens.

In the meantime, we are enjoying the steady onslaught of tomatoes. My family’s favorite thing to eat is tomato salad: tomatoes, onions, garlic, basil, salt, and lots of olive oil. Some good crusty bread, and maybe a little fresh mozzarella if you have it. So good.

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I wish I could train my dog, Chester,  to sniff out garden pests. Maybe someday.

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Comments

    Same here.. I’ll try replanting sqaush that might work here.
    I’m in south central Missouri and I want to plant fall crops but it’s HOT here so I’m going to wait and maybe cover if it gets to cold end of season.

    Haha, I hope you train your dog. I have noticed these eggs on my cabbage. Pieri’s eggs?

    Lately most of my veggies have died: the roots are bitten through and the plant is just hanging in a hole that is about 1 inch in diameter. I think it might be voles that are dining on all the earthworms in my soil.

    They especially went for the parsley, green beans and cherry tomatoes, weird that they left the regular size tomatoes alone (so far), also a couple of bell pepper plants, the lettuce,cucumber and zucchini were uprooted. I was not able to figure out what to do about these large size garden pests, I sprayed a garlic, cayenne pepper, soap concoction on the soil, but they did not seem to mind this. Any solutions?

    Pien, I’ve never had problems with moles or voles—maybe because we have two outdoor cats that prowl around for critters. Some people have had luck with digging trenches or barriers. Here’s a link to an article that describes a few different methods: http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/animal-pests?page=0,2

    For the first time ever, I actually started some seedling for fall crops – broccoli and romaine. Also I have some seeds ready to go – carrots, radishes, peas. Late potatoes.. great idea! I’m going to try it too.

    Pien, we use a castor oil spray or pellets for Moles… it works, but you have to keep at it.

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