I don't know if it qualifies as an Indian summer yet since it's only mid-Setember but I'm getting into the enjoyment of these wonderful hours of sunshine with little or NO rain! I am so happy these closing moments of summer-time are glorious in their sunshiney brightness. We've had a few blessed months!
My garden, however, was not what I would have hoped for. It was the first time the dirt around us had been worked with in 5-6 years so, there were very few nutrients and I probably didn't put enough into it 'artificially'. I added Jack's Classic Plant Food and Pete's Organic Planting Mix as I planted. I put down newspapers, spread pine straw and weeded by hand rather than spraying Round-Up or other weed control. My plants were also invaded by little wormy critters and I didn't resort to SevenDust but rather picked 'em and trashed 'em when/where I could. Another unusual occurrence this summer was too much rain! Oodles and oodles of hard rain! So many of my seed just washed away or the plants drowned! Man, I learned a lot of lessons but now have better ideas of what I will do next year.
On a bright note, we are still cutting okra, peppers, a few tomatoes, spinach, and wow! the birdhouse gourds and loofah sponge gourds are doing superb! I'm in the artsy mode to design presents with those! Although the grand-baby-girls and I planted bookoos of seeds for various flowers only a few areas thrived but they are lovely indeed! Cosmos, a couple varieties of marigold, sunflowers and morning glories to name a several.
Things I love about the not-so-great garden and will do again are numerous and far outweigh the negative. Not in any particular order here are a few of these positive things I did -
- planted in beds around the house
- read a lot and wrote notes to learn from
- drew out plans of what I dreamed of in my head
- used organic or heirloom seed
- planted what I knew we would eat fresh, or could freeze
- tried a few new varieties of vegies
- used the complement-planting system
- had fun with making my own bamboo trellises.
I loved these summer months - haven't you? Saying good-bye will mean bringing in the autumn and my heart is getting ready. Don't you love the fall of the year?
God is so good to us!