The garden has become my morning therapy. After some coffee, prayer, and reading my Bible I head out to tackle weeds. Rob feels bad for me taking on so much work with just a hoe. What he doesn't realize is that the more I hoe the more I talk to God. Traci borrowed me her tiller earlier in the season, which I used a couple of times, but machines and I don't always mix well so I went back to the old hoe. I dig and pull and cry and clear my brain along with the soil. Usually nobody ventures out to the garden with me lest they get assigned a row to hoe as well. Last year there was no garden as it got rained out, so I am especially appreciating it this year.
Two years ago Trent talked me into buying grape vines. We get quite a bit of wind in this spot so the original intention was to use them as a wind break. They have gone crazy this year! I haven't decided if we will be making lots of grape jelly or if we should host another home school history reenactment of the medieval ages and stomp grapes into juice in an old wash tub.... decisions, decisions.
The peas are getting lots of fat pods. We usually don't get many past the garden to harvest as we all love them fresh, but I do like to make a supper of cream peas over new garden potatoes just to torture the kids and keep up the family tradition.
The field corn made it to knee high by the fourth of July. I had to plant sweet corn three times. The first round had only 9 plants that came up out of 7 rows. The next spot came up nicely, until the deer ate the tops off. The last planting might have hopes of making some corn if we have a late frost.
The tomatoes, on the other hand, are doing marvelous! We buy our plants from a friend who has a passion for gardening and they are gorgeous and healthy plants with lots of tomatoes and blooms on them. Which is a good thing as I am completely out of stewed tomatoes. There will be plenty of extra for Grandma Lee this year, too. Lord willing.
I picked my first zucchini today and will have to dig through my recipe holder for a baked stuffed zucchini recipe that I've been wanting to try. Something with ham and cheese, maybe cream cheese, can't remember but it looked yummy.
The cabbage is forming little heads. Mmm ~ Mmm, lots of cabbage salad and boiled ham dinners this fall.
And of course all the volunteer (and not volunteer) sunflowers have overtaken every part of the garden again.