All of a sudden it’s August. It seems like the vegetables were just planted and the next thing you know, the corn is as high as an elephant’s thigh and not looking nearly as good as the neighbor’s, the tomatoes have run amuck, the hot peppers are proliferating well beyond any normal usage of a serrano or jalapeno, the cucumbers you were counting on get their second blight, the two squash plants nicely let every other fruit get blossom end rot, and the beans grow together and so lushly that when you finally find them they are too beany to eat! The only thing really behaving are the tomatillos and the basil, but it’s not the end of the season yet! Check out the family album. Despite the ups and downs like any family, I still enjoyed every dirty moment.
I have learned a valuable lesson this year, my year of farming without my son running to Center City on a daily basis with produce from our neighboring farmettes, letting other people utilize what we had coaxed from the dirt. I will not plant 3 dozen tomato plants. I will not plant way, way too many hot peppers and I will find another variety of green bean that doesn’t make big giant seeds before you even get to eat them. I will research how to enrich the soil for grown corn that gets higher than an elephant’s thigh and I will still try and grow Kirby cucumbers, blight or no blight! Maybe I will dig a well. Probably I won’t. Definitely I will have fun! And soul satisfaction! And a peaceful place!