It was a week of instant summer. Hot sun every day with highs over 80F (26C) culminating in an increasingly humid day Friday that reached 87F (30C). We had about 2 1/2 inches (6 cm) of rain last night according to my rain gauge. The garden was well watered and the rain barrel we had emptied during the week because it was so hot and our young sprouts thirsty, is once again full. Thankfully the week ahead looks like it will be a bit cooler, more late spring instead of middle of summer.The sudden heat confused the heck out of my poor little lettuces and some of them have bolted already still too small for me to even have picked a single leaf. The tomatoes, peppers and basil did not mind the heat at all nor did the corn. Corn? Yes, the row cover fabric worked brilliantly and I have corn sprouts 2-3 inches (5 – 7cm) tall! Saturday I planted pole bean and pie pumpkin seeds in the bed along with the corn. Now all the seeds for the summer garden have been planted. The only thing I haven’t planted are the turnip seeds. The packet said to plant in the middle of summer for a fall harvest so I have marked on the calendar to plant them on independence day weekend. By then the peas will be done so I will just seed a turnip row in their place. I’ve not grown turnips before so we’ll see how it goes.
Amy Pond is getting on well though one of the goldfish went belly up from no known cause. Little fishy is now in an unmarked grave turning into fertilizer. The watercress I seeded in the pot sitting on the pond’s ledge is sprouting. I have not had watercress before but people I know who have had it assure me it is delicious.
Because we like to grow sunflowers in the garden and the squirrels like to eat the seeds we direct sow, we started somein pots in early May. They have gotten big enough that we can safely plant them out so we made a row of them along the fence line by the raspberry and blackberry. The ones we are growing are for seed, Russian Mammoth or something like that. Whether Bookman and I will actually be able to eat any of the seeds ourselves before the birds and squirrels get it all remains to be seen. We’ve never done it yet, but then we’ve only ever grown more ornamental varieties so haven’t tried. Making some trail mix or granola with my own sunflower seeds would be lovely but I am under no illusions about the likelihood of this actually happening. Still, I am a glass half full person so can’t help but hope that maybe…
The seeds on Melody my silver maple are ripe and during the hot, dry week whenever there was a slight breeze dozens would take flight, helicoptering their way to the ground. I love watching them fly though I don’t like having to clean them all up.They also sprout very easily wherever they find bare ground which means the ones I don’t pick up I usually spend the summer pulling out as little tree sprouts. It’s messy and sometimes annoying but she is a beautiful healthy tree doing what she is supposed to do and I love her. So I was quite surprised when I mentioned her to someone I work with recently and he spat out, “silver maples are filthy trees you need to take it down.” I defended my Melody, said I would never think of doing such a thing but he just kept mumbling that I should chop her down, refusing to see how beautiful she is. I was appalled and I must say, the person slipped a little in my esteem.
We bought a rain barrel from the city early in the spring and pick up day was Saturday. We’ve got the barrel positioned but don’t have the downspout cut and fitted over it yet. Bookman had to work yesterday and today was too humid and damp. It will be something to work on during the week. It will be nice having a second barrel. If this summer goes like the last two, it will be wet weather until the end of June and then we will suddenly find ourselves in a mild drought by early August. Then again, there is no telling what the summer ahead will be like, the weather is not consistentlyreliable anymore.
Not a very busy week in the garden, but it was a nice breather from the rush that is early spring. There is still plenty to do though, there always is. I have to remind myself to relax and enjoy just being in the garden instead of always doing. It’s not as easy to do as you might think! But I have made it a point to go out and walk around without purpose when I am just home from work. It is turning out to be an enjoyable transition between my work day and jumping into all that needs to be done at home. That I have to be so deliberate about it is a bit sad really. Taking time for simply being shouldn’t be so difficult, but it is. Perhaps by the end of summer I’ll have gotten good at it. That’s my hope at any rate.