Summer is here in full swing after a very spastic spring. I’m officially fifty years old now, and feeling terrific about making it to this birthday…once upon a time a brief 10 years ago, this landmark was no certainty.
We celebrated the fourth in a rather sedate manner. After harvesting a row of broccoli and preparing it for the freezer we relaxed and listened to a radio broadcast of a reading of Lincoln’s second inaugural address. Often we head to fireworks but this year we skipped the crowds and chaos for a mellow evening.
As global weirding of weather continues, patterns, be they dry or wet are tending to stick around longer than normal. We’ve seen this unfold right here on our little homestead. A Spring that alternated between weeks of wet and weeks of dry. Now with Summer full on, we are having extended periods of very hot humid weather (unusual for the mountains) followed by more rains. It is interesting to be a gardener in these days.
Speaking of gardening, ours is flourishing. Our decision to use a heavily mulched system this year is proving positive. The one glitch out there is that a packet of seed that I planted which was clearly labeled ‘lancianto kale’ grew up to be collard greens. All in all not a terrible burden, but I already had a row of collards. There’s also the usual ups and downs out there. The flats that were seeded out for the fall crops mostly did great with the exception of the Brussels sprouts. Pretty much a complete failure of the flat, only three seeds emerged. I ended up purchasing another packet of seed and although it’s late I got them plunked into new flats about 12 days ago. With 95 days to maturity, they might make, or they may not…the perpetual gardening gamble.
That’s the garden wrap up folks… I hope you all are enjoying the summer