Sorry to have missed a week – time just flew by me. Without further ado -
What has been -
The garden received a good bit of rain during the period when July did it’s best to pretend it was May. It was pretty convincing – the temperatures were in the low 90′s and it rained at least some every day for a few days running, something like five inches over two weeks total. The tomatoes were fooled and started producing again with gusto, the newly planted okra think they have been planted in paradise, the watermelons thrived (with one exception – read on) and the ollas were temporarily unnecessary.
We made a good harvest -
Ben made a couple of new Ollas (Oh, yeah!). Please note that they are smaller than the last Ollas that required volcanic craters for placement. We are still men, we just learned from our mistake-
He came back the next day and coated the joint with silicone caulk, then I came the day after, tested them for water tightness (not second guessing Ben – it was his on his recommendation) and then plunked them in the ground.
They are surrounded by some new tomato plants. All lil’ tomatoes – cherries, yellow pear shaped, some others that escape me. They are insurance against the summer annihilation of the current tomato plants.
Alas, the garden is not perfect. Ben noted that the watermelon leaves by the gate looked different that the rest of the plants. He was right on, after consultation with Steven, we made a diagnosis of Aphids.
On Steven’s advice, I treated the plant with Neem Oil. It is (the packaging claims) an organic everything-icide. I mixed in some seaweed because I figured, why not? I’ll tell you why not, that mixture smelled worse than the porta-potty line at ACL fest. I think I killed the Aphids by melting their smell receptors up to the level of the brain stem. Of course I chose to do this on a day the family came out to the garden with me. They were not pleased.
What is yet to be -
I have invited a group of men from the church out this Saturday for a major weeding / mulching event. I titled the email “Whip In”, went on and on about the pints and fun afterward and put the gardening part in small print; so hopefully a big group of the morons, sorry – volunteers, will show up.
Also – Ben, Seth, Annie and Michele continue to rock as the summer garden team.
- The big three – weed, harvest and pray
- weed some more
- Pray some more – for the those the garden feeds, those that work in the garden – this brings me to a thought I had earlier. I was working in the garden and was struck by God’s Grace – that we get to serve Him here! What an opportunity – Thanks be to God!