But this year was bad, because we realized that the leaves we were using to mulch into the garden were, in fact, poisonous to the plants we were growing. The suggestion was given to use the leaves, not knowing the consequences! So on top of everything else!! Oh well. Live and learn. If gardening does anything, it teaches you how helpless we really are in the face of nature, and why so few people that live among the growing things of the world and make their living from the seasons are hardcore materialists.
Still, harvests are what they are, and we've gotten some good things (big bean harvest), and Roma tomatoes are, for some reason, growing like gangbusters. Some peppers, but not enough. And not enough cucumbers to pickle this year. Even our squash did badly. Even our radishes! It will be more miss than hit, alas. There's always next year! With our oldest son's decision to stay home for a year, his leaving school doesn't pack the same punch. I told him he must leave someday, but a year to save up for school is not bad thinking in my opinion. Not with college loans being the trap so many fail to account for nowadays. So he'll be around to help then.
|Reed as Bill Sykes, less hair and fangs
And it's only August! What's wrong with us? Oh well, don't begrudge it. Nuns and werewolves, if that's what it takes to help my family find our way and get through the gauntlet, I'll take it. Even if it's in the 80s in the dog days of August.