Friday, August 3, 2018

Looking at the Raised Beds First of August

Once again (this is becoming a habit), I wasn't able to get a comparison photo on the first day of the month to show you.  We had a steady day of rain on the 1st (Wednesday) and then yesterday was very gray in the morning.  The afternoon and evening were spent picking peas, shelling peas, blanching peas and getting them in the freezer.  With my dear husband's help, we added 15 more servings of peas (a serving being enough for the two of us) to the larder.

Today the sun came out and I got a couple of good pictures.  Doing the comparison of views of the raised beds on the first of each month (tired of this yet?), let's recap (again).

Here's the first of March in the north woods.
(There are raised beds out there?)

And then the first of April.
(There ARE raised beds out there!)

Well, it looks as though something was happening in May.

June was looking a little better.

July almost looked like a real garden.

And now the first of August.

After our heavy rain on Wednesday, some of the plants look a little beat up.  But it's all for the best because we really, really needed the rain again.

I took two more shots that show things a little better.

This is the left half of the raised beds.

The plants in some of the beds have grown so tall that they block the view of those behind.  (I need to plan that a little better next season.)

And this is the right half of the raised beds.
(A bit of the field garden showing
on the upper right.)

My harvest season is well under way and there's more out there as we speak that I could be processing.  It's been a crazy week just past with a few unusual happenings that caused me to be downright grumpy yesterday because of my lack of time to do what needs to be done.  But I talked myself out of it (after a bit of a sulk) by pulling on my big girl panties which Susan at e-i-e-i-omg always reminds me to do (thanks, pal), and running down the huge list of all I have to be thankful for and appreciative of regardless of the fact that sometimes it's hard to get it all done.  (Understatement, of course, as we all know.) 


Goatldi said...

Well Mama Pea no one is ever going to accuse you of being redundant she says with a wink.

Nicely done informative and just plain lovely. Yeah that big girl panty thing when everyone is most certainly entitled to a nice pout now and again. I guess a talk with Susan is in order.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Everything is looking lush and healthy. I'm glad you got some much needed rain. Being cranky happens to the best of us, but Susan is good inspiration, and a good laugh, too. -Jenn

wisps of words said...

That first picture is scary. :-( Just think, with all this heat and dryness and too much rain... Snow is coming.

Awww, I do hate to talk like that. Rather try (sometimes it's harder than others) to enjoy whatever weather is here, right now.

It's really hard, to enjoy the torrential downpours, followed by heat/humidity, which is here now. Hard. But not impossible. I should just be grateful, that we have some a/c, to escape the outside.

Sorry for some setbacks, or whatever made you grumpy. Good to grump, for a set amount of time. And then, get back to talking one's self, back 'up' again. :-)

And you do, do, do accomplish so, so, so much! Never be upset, about something you didn't get "in" and "put away." You do such a great job!

Lynne said...

You are remarkable ! Being grumpy sometimes is a good thing. It clears the air. The gardens look so healthy. How are your apple trees doing? Do think you'll have a good year? Keep up the wonderful work!!

Mama Pea said...

Goatldi - Stay tuned as I'll probably be redundant a couple more times yet this season! What a change in a month's time from July 1st to August 1st, eh?

Jenn - Oh, yes! No matter what we can ALWAYS count on Susan for a laugh. (Sweezie, we're laughing WITH you, not AT you!) Got another good soaking of rain again today. The garden won't be lacking moisture for a while now!

wisps of words - Gak, so much of the country has been trapped in awful heat and humidity this summer. Got more rain today, but the temperature didn't come down as much as we expected.

I have to kick myself in the tush every now and then as a reminder to enjoy each and every season as we're in it. So it's hot and humid. It's S-U-M-M-E-R! Soon we'll be watching the snow fall (beautiful!) and then having to go shovel it (good exercise!)

Thank you, my bloggy friend, for always being so supportive!

Lynne - I'm not remarkable at all. Just stubborn. ;o) Our fruits are not doing well this year. A real "off" year. Strawberry harvest was short and puny. Blueberries are coming in right now but we have very few berries on the bushes. And our apple trees . . . well, we've never seen so FEW apples on them. The only thing that did really well was the abundant haskap berries. Best crop ever from them. Gonna make the little buggers into WINE!

The Wykeham Observer said...

I'm not sure if that is dill or fennel in the picture, but it's very healthy. My dill is slow and pathetic, and I regret not having the fennel this year. Good thing to get the peas in the freezer! Phil

Mama Pea said...

Phil - That's dill. I planted two four foot rows of it, one in one bed and one in another. This planting you see is huge and nice; the other one small and puny. Go figure!