Tired. And I know all of you who are serious gardeners are probably feeling the same way.
Once the harvest starts (yes, this is the wonderful harvest we've all hoped and worked for all season long), it seems there may never (such dramatics) be an end to it. When one crop is picked, processed and tucked away for the next many months of feeding the family, another one is not-so-patiently waiting for you to get busy with it.
My garden seems to look more unkempt each day as I can't find the time (or oompf) to pull he spent plants and clean up the bed or area in the field garden or berry patch that is done for the season.
Our unusually high temperatures of this summer have dropped a bit and nights are already cooling off the way they do as we creep closer to our glorious fall weather. But, strangely, the humidity has stayed in the triple digits (okay, that's an exaggeration) which makes one feel unpleasantly . . . well, cool and clammy most of the time.
My garlic is pulled and hanging to cure. (Go away humidity, bring on the dry air, please.) Onions, for some reason, aren't sizing up this year. Usually, I have no problem growing a year's supply (and more) but this year, not so much.
Papa Pea came out to the garden with me with spading fork in hand a few days ago to dig a sampling of potatoes as I'd run out of the ones purchased at our local food co-op. (The 5 pound bag was $9.99. Can you see why I decided to start digging ours?) We dug under just one plant and found about three pounds of medium to small-sized red taters. They were delicious.
My Red Kuri winter squash is turning from pale yellow-green to a deep yellow. They need to make it to a deep red-orange before they are mature.
Pumpkins, both jack-o'-lantern and pie, are plentiful but still showing no color other than their unripe green.
Our domestic blueberries that started ripening early this year are winding down now. We picked three and a half quarts yesterday, and we have only three or four large bushes of one variety that still have a good quantity of berries yet to ripen on them. The end is near.
I'm not sure where this post was/is going, perhaps only a record for me as to what's happening in the garden at this date in the month of August. Plus, I promised myself I was going to spend only 30 minutes here at the computer this morning before getting on with my list. (You know, getting on to those 23 items that are at the top of The Priority List.) And guess what? I've already gone one hour and 12 minutes over my intended 30 minutes. Whoa down, day, I'll never catch up at this rate!