That's the way it usually happens up here. One day we're still slipping into our down jackets before going outside, and the next day while working in the garden wearing a sleeveless blouse I'm so sweaty by noon time I want a shower.
No, we didn't hit 100° as some of you have already, but we did get into the seventies which was the warmest we've seen it yet this spring/early summer. I even had three of those big, bothersome, black horse flies buzzing me. After one landed and bit the back of my arm, I was so mad I stood still until the second and then the third one landed on my forearm and I smacked 'em both! Killed 'em dead, I did.
Today we had a lovely though cooler day and I got much planting done in the raised beds. So much so that I'm almost too pooped to post tonight.
Also, I did come to a big decision as I was making dinner. You've all heard me talk about gaining more balance in my life, yadda, yadda, yadda. Toward that (elusive) end, I decided not to plant anything but a green manure crop in the field garden this year.
We should give our growing areas a rest now and then. (Hey, that's what I'm striving for . . . a rest now and then!) And it's been several years since we've not grown crops in the field garden.
Since this year I'm not growing the usual veggies that are planted in the field garden, ones that take up so much space like Brussels sprouts (very labor intensive so I'm taking a year off from them), green cabbage (growing only red in the raised beds), corn (I had planned on doing it this year but have changed my mind), shell peas (which I've put in another area), pickling cukes (have plenty of pickles from last year), etc., etc. . . . it popped into my head that this would be a good year to give the field garden a rest. (And me also.)
The only dilemma is that I won't be growing our own potatoes. A supply of which is something we'll have to figure out for this coming winter.
We'll plant buckwheat or oats or wheat as a cover crop in the field garden, till it under before it heads out, and perhaps even sow a second crop of another grain.
This will eliminate a lot of my time spent in the garden. Thinking of having just the 27 raised beds (and the strawberries and asparagus bed and fruit trees and a couple of other smallish plots) will free me up for other pursuits this summer.
Now if I can just come up with an excuse to avoid painting all that outside trim of the house that's on my list . . .
the spiced onyx
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