It’s the perfect Friday to talk about gardening plus all the rain!
I thought I’d drop in and give an update on our garden. I’m still so anxious for growth so that I can start posting some garden fresh recipes. In the meantime though, everything is growing! The insane amount of rain we have had lately has really helped the garden to grow, but it’s like all or nothing here in Oklahoma. We get all the rain at once, then in July and August we are in a drought. There is no happy middle ground and I really wish we could find it because I’m over all the rain.
I will say the one thing I noticed is that I think we are going to have to do something to treat bugs eating at our produce. I’ve already seen holes in some of the leavings so something is eating it. I also noticed part of the strawberry that was growing was partially eaten too. We have so many critters out where we live, there is really no telling what it could be, but I do think we may have to treat to prevent any bugs getting our produce. Any ideas for that? I really am leery because I want to keep everything organic, but I also don’t want to loose all the produce either. I’d love some tips or tricks on ways to keep the bugs off the produce.
These past few weeks have been so incredibly busy that I have hardly been able to really just go outside and breathe in the stillness of the garden. I’m so anxious to just be able to put the brakes on and relax here soon. It’s funny how at the beginning of the year, I’m so ready for school to start but by the end of the year I want it to end! Maybe because we know it’s almost summer? It’s time to have fun and relax and not be worrying about homework, projects, and deadlines. I’m not even sure why I get so anxious for it because I still work in the summer, but it still slows down a bit. We have ONE WEEK. My daughter is 3 days away from being in elementary school and my son is 5 days away from being a 3rd grader. I can’t even wrap my mind around it. I’m certain I just had them both last week, so how can this be?
I was reading a book last week and one thing she mentioned was that sometimes we get so “busy being busy” that we forget to actually live our lives, to have fun and be ‘irresponsible’ at times, that’s where memories are many times made. That’s my thought process for this summer, not to let go of the things of course that need to be done but to let go of the things that don’t always have to be done, like housework sometimes can wait. I am a Type A go-getter and sometimes it backfires and I get so busy being busy that I miss out on the important things. So, that’s my motto as we head into the summer to relax, have fun, and remember that because I plan well, things will get done but I can still kick back and relax too! Honestly too everyone is more happy and at peace when I am, so it only makes sense to take time out to really live life, right?
I’ll leave you with this after all my ramblings. I sent my husband out to grab some pictures of the garden and if there is anyone that knows how to live life and have fun, it’s him. So, I opened my phone to get the pictures and this is what I found…yep…that’s my sweetheart. As silly as these are, they made my day because that is exactly what I needed to remind me that it’s okay to just HAVE FUN!
Comments & Reviews
Hi. I’m a long-time veggie gardener. Go on the web and look up companion plantings; there area a lot of combinations that will deal with bugs. One I like best is planting rosemary near my Brussells sprouts. Keeps cabbage worms away. I also release praying mantis in my yard every year to deal with aphids, etc. Make sure your soil is healthy and plants are well nourished and they’ll be able to fight a lot of things off on their own. Happy digging!
Marna (central CT)