August is here. I love summer. I love the heat. I love the sunshine.
But for some reason this August hit and I felt like I was done with the garden.
Usually by this time of year the weeds have won.
This year the Hay on the Garden method has eliminated most of our weeds but I still feel like my energy for gardening is gone.
I'm not sure why.
Definitely feeling the dog days of summer. The energy of spring has settled in to a slow lazy wait for harvest.
August Garden Update
I am thankful for our Square Foot Garden. From it we've got tons of cukes & cherry tomatoes. The cucumbers are still winning the race on the cattle panel.
We are waiting on green beans, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, beets, turnips & pumpkins. In the traditional garden, a few plum tomatoes are turning red & the tiny peppers are slowly growing!
Pumpkin plants are spreading but no blossoms or little pumpkins forming yet. I worry there isn't time for them to grow. Last years harvest was so fun! We shall see and know next year to plan earlier.
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I fought the battle with the squash bugs for a few days. They won. :(
I will be begging for zucchini from friends or buying it at the Amish store.
"You should plant your fall garden" is the voice I've been hearing in my head.
I plan to do so.
Maybe tomorrow I won't feel so lazy and can start that project.
Gardening in August
So I continue to go out early, water the square foot garden and pull a few weeds. The traditional garden with the hay on it doesn't need watering. The deep mulch is doing a great job of retaining moisture.
I check the tomatoes & pick more cucumbers. I think we will be canning tomatoes & green beans in September. By thenthe cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and peas will be growing for our fall harvest.
How did your garden do this year? Are you ready for the "garden work" of summer to be over?
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