Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Nearly every morning I get up between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. and go to sit down in what we call the “front room”. Really it is a parlor or sitting room, in the traditional sense, but it’s in the front of the house, so “front room” it is. I spend time reading the Bible and a book by a Christian author. Today is no different. It’s a lovely sunrise, pink and orange, with a soft filtered light because it is a bit cloudy.

For whatever reason, I decided to get on here and catch everyone up on what is happening on the farm. This has been a weird summer. We struggled this spring to get enough planted in time, because there was a lot of rain. Then in June the weeds come. We were doing pretty well beating them, but then for a family emergency had to head to Arkansas for a few days. In those few days, the grass went crazy. We’ve been trying to catch up ever since. Basically, I’ve let the weeds win in some areas. We lost the green beans to them. (Our garden is gigantic, so keep that in mind before you judge.) 😀

For whatever reason, we also decided to rent a dumpster to get rid of some junk around the property and in our basement. We had a little in the attic, but I clean that out and re-organize it 1-2 times a year, so it wasn’t too bad. Why must I reorganize it? You ask. Children. That’s all.

So we’ve been trying to do two things at once, and now… The vegetables are ready for harvest, and I’ve been having to do canning too. About two weeks ago, I was wondering if I would even have anything to can, but all of the sudden everything is producing decently. (Except the peppers, which are so-so, but that’s normal. I can’t ever get prolific peppers.) Yesterday I did a lot of canning. And today, I have almost 10 gallons of tomatoes to can, as well as another batch of cucumbers. (Basically a little over a bushel.)

A couple of weeks ago, I was so frustrated with the weeks and lack of production that I almost quit the idea of having a market garden. I guess actually seeing the rows of mason jars and buckets of tomatoes yesterday brought some hope for me. I think if we have market rows next year, we’ll be happy. We started tilling some out, and covered it with plastic. We bought some wood chips to cover the aisles too, which should downsize the weed population. It will also make picking easier, I hope.

It’s a good sign that we’re already making plans for next year, I think.

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