Sometimes I have to wonder what in the world were we thinking. I mean, this gardening thing can be pretty overwhelming. Especially one this large after so many years of only having a small garden. The last guess as to how big the thing is? About 9 one hundred foot rows. (More or less)This is starting to feel like a farm! So much stuff planted and so much coming up just like it was intended to. Canning and drying season has begun.
It is a wonderful feeling though at the end of the day to be able to sit in the shade, shelling peas or "stringing" beans and watch the sun go down over that big ol' garden. To be able to see some progress out there with everything looking good (except for the squash and them dang bugs) makes me smile. Things are actually growing! I know .... What did I expect, right?
My life has changed so dramatically over the past couple of years that even some of my family still don't quite "get it". They still think of me as "the old me". The one that went to my BS job every day without fail. The one that "piddled" around in the garden and the flower beds" after work and on my days off. The one that used to talk about getting away from it all. They still can't picture me feeding the chickens, rabbits and assorted pets. They don't see how different life can be if you just dare to be brave enough to try new things.
Now don't get me wrong... I'm not saying this was or even has been easy. But it IS rewarding. This is our first year with this ginormous garden and I can't seem to get Mars to STOP TILLING up more dirt. There is never a day that goes by that I don't have a list of things that has to be done. I sure don't want to get behind on weeding or watering or all that fun stuff. And now things are starting to "come in". So add in the picking and processing of all these goodies and all I can say is.... Much more to do!
We've been so lucky this far with most of the garden. Now it's time to commence to canning and drying. (Both of which I've been doing every day for the past two weeks or so) I really need to take the time to work on the garden journal. I had it started with dates that things were planted but then kind of let it go. (Kind of like I've been neglecting this blog) Now that things are starting to take off I really need to get serious about writing it all down. I don't want to make the same mistakes twice! I've also learned a few things that would do me good to remember next year.
I'm also having to realize that I just can't do all the things I was once able to in the same amount of time. I've always had a real problem with not knowing just when "enough" is "enough". I can't move at the same pace I once could and things tend to take me longer to accomplish than they used to. These days, things that take some folks a few minutes to do can take me at least twice as long. It's hard to admit but harder to deny. I guess I'm going to have to start my days earlier cause I seem to keep running out of daylight!
It's a good thing I make lists though. Who knew what a good thing lists could be? I have one started for today. (with a few leftovers from yesterdays list)
Tomorrow.... ( which is today cause I wrote this yesterday.... Confused yet???)
1. Finish "snapping" the green beans.
2. Can up the green beans and purple hull peas
3. Spray the bug killer on the squash (lost cause) Tomato's, broccoli, peas and spinach
4. Mix up more bug spray
5. Cut up peppers and get into the dehydrator.
6. Pick and dry more basil, dill and parsley
7. Slice and brine the cucumbers to get ready to pickle
8. Pick beans, peas and peppers
9. Laundry washed and hung out
10. All that normal house stuff..... cook two or three meals,wash dishes, take out trash, sweep,feed and water the chickens, rabbits,etc....
11. Rinse and repeat
I have to admit the more I do this ... the more I respect those who do so much more every single day. I am humbled.