Many of you that garden have been harvesting for a while longer than I have, but now I'm truly in the midst of it. Once the fruits of our labor (pun intended) start coming in, it seems there's not much time for anything else.
My latest mint harvest yielded five more cups of dried peppermint. The bed now looks fairly sad, but I think it would start re-growing if it got a good dousing of moisture. We're to the point where we need to haul out the sprinkling system again.
All of our garden areas need a good clean-up effort. There are those nasty weeds trying to get ahead of me that need to be pulled out by their tenacious roots. The plants are all big and healthy to the point that they look more than a little blowsy and disheveled. I need to do a trimming of all the vining crops so they will stop putting so much effort into growing another twelve inches each day and start working on developing the fruit. At this point, it's not looking good for pumpkins and winter squash to have time to mature, but we'll keep the hope and wait to see how that goes.
We've been existing on meals that are thrown together with the bounty from the garden and whatever else I can add in a short period of time. Lots of eggs appear at our meals; thankfully the chickens are laying well.
Right now, there doesn't seem to be the time for many of those every day, little necessary tasks like trimming my fingernails (they grow so fast . . . I think it must be nutrients from the soil because they're frequently grimy) or putting away clean laundry (hey, at least it is clean) or cleaning out and organizing the refrigerator (which is stuffed to the burping point with abundance from the garden that either needs to be eaten or preserved).
Yep, harvest time. Wonderful, hectic, busy harvest time. We work for it from early, early spring so as soon as I have a minute to sit (pant-pant) and think about it, I'll appreciate it all to the utmost!