Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Gardening Woes

Picture courtesy of www.nysaes.cornell.edu

Ever have one of those days?

The weather is gorgeous, if you aren't trying to keep a garden alive. Sunny and no rain in sight for almost a week. I had spoken with Linda, a garden volunteer last night, and we agreed to take a turn watering the garden. Many of the annuals we planted on June 5th are looking sickly from heat and lack of moisture (although they have been watered several times, it's just not enough).

We meant to get there by 10 a.m., but it was almost 11 when we did... for no reason than it just takes time to get organized and going. We had a lovely time watering together for an hour and a half. And I got a sunburn because I was not dressed right. I knew I wasn't, but we were going to be there earlier, and not that long (I thought).

Then, I meant to spend some time at home with the family and after the midday sun cooled down a bit, to head over to my garden outside of town. The main thing I wanted to accomplish there was to put up my pea fence!

Fast forward to 6:30. Yes, I finally got to my garden at 6:30 p.m., for no real reason other than disorganization, distraction, and distemper. And, when I got there, I realized I had forgotten my fence.

Of course, since I haven't been there in a few days, I was shocked to discover how high and how fast the weeds had gotten. Yikes. I did some hoeing and pulling, and was depressed by other findings.

My cole crops are being munched by flea beetles and gophers. The early broccoli may be a loss...or at the very least will take forever to give a crop. Darn those varmints! Though most things are up, there is not one single broccoli raab, fennel plant, or Nero di Tuscano kale to be found.

I must get out there and do HOURS of work immediately. Let's just face it. And I am getting behind on lots of other work, too. Now my husband and I are working on a garage sale this weekend, too.

So, I must head to bed in the hopes of getting up early and over to my garden tomorrow.

Today's food:

9:30 a.m. About 8 C. watermelon
10:30 a.m. Collard green thinnings at the garden
1 p.m. Smoothie with 3 medium bananas, 3 C. blueberries, a cup or two of Four Seasons Lettuce
5:30 p.m. About 10 C. watermelon

Total: 1500 calories


Valerie Winters said...

You should teach a class on how to weed a garden. Also known as recruiting free garden labor. (smile)

Greenmama said...

Ha ha! I'll have to try that out.

:), Marjorie