What is my garden without the weekends? The answer is – productive chaos.
After a 5 day stay in the hospital due to an unfortunate bout of the dreaded “stomach bug” – most unpleasant when you’re pregnant – and then subsequent time spent catching up on work and doing many fun things – traveling all over New England for weddings and friends (yay!), my gardens have turned into a bit of a jungle.
When the Gardner is Away…
After weeks of sad neglect, the pumpkins have consumed the entirety of the compost bins, the tomatoes are falling over from not having been attended to between the many rain storms and the potato bins are almost completely hidden by tall, thick canes of what we think is some sort of pig weed. The herb gardens are looking pretty good because, luckily, they were mulched again this summer. Similarly, the flower gardens are looking pretty great. Again…mulch. Why did we not mulch everything?
I’m picturing Crocodile Dundee meets Indiana Jones meets Thomas Jefferson.
As there was not much we could do to tidy up the vegetable situation for a while, we just focused on finding ways to laugh and enjoy the gardens we have. Although overgrown and waterlogged, they still look (mostly) green and bountiful, just a little feral. My husband keeps joking that we need to “hire ourselves a weed wrangler.”
Even though he was not sick, my husband had been by my side the entirety of the hospital stay and then played nurse to me for a few days after when he got home from work. I did not expect him to also be the “weed wrangler…” that uniform might be really cute though! I’m picturing Crocodile Dundee meets Indiana Jones meets Thomas Jefferson. Although…Jefferson was kind of regarded as a failed farmer, so let’s make it Joel Salatin. Anyways…
Somehow, despite all of the neglect, the vegetables seem to be doing quite well. Once my husband and I had caught up on some sleep and recovered a bit with some home-cooking and Netflix, we ventured out to see if there were any veggies to salvage. To our surprise, we picked four large paper bags full of various tomatoes, bunches and bunches of herbs and saw that our pumpkins had all doubled in size.
We even have new pumpkins! Although…they are all right in the middle of my cut flower patch and San Marzano tomato plants. Maybe in addition to a weed wrangler we need a pumpkin wrestler.
Busy Bees Again
We are fully recovered here and the many rainy days have been perfect for cooking up tomato sauces and making salsas to preserve for the winter. I’ve been drying spent flower heads to save seeds for next year’s gardens and we will be selecting vegetable seeds from the healthiest specimens this weekend.
Now that things have mellowed out around here, I’m looking forward to being able to focus on my gardens, blogging, and getting ready for our winter baby.
Wishing you all good health and a bountiful garden!