Throw In The Trowel Month

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The front of the butterfly garden, by the street, decorated with a patch of cardboard and newspaper where the weeds got completely away from me.

This quote from A Way to Garden describes exactly where I am right now.

Conveniently, it is especially good timing for such a declaration. The first official day of summer and the onset of consistently hot weather (hard on transplants and transplanters) have been marked. Time to plug in the last babies and crawl into the hammock with a glass of tea. Time to give it—the seedlings, the soil, the soul—a rest.

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Tomato plants get very large. I have to re-learn this lesson every year. See the branches dangling on the ground?

We have officially entered 95 degree average high, hide from the sun, torrential rain 5 days out of seven season. As a local gardener quite memorably stated on an online gardening forum, the only thing we should be planting right now is our butts in front of the air conditioning, planning our fall gardens. Gardening hours are from dawn to 11am, and again from 6pm to dark.

Sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Who cares if the squash has a virus? All we care about is the ripening squash.

Sweet potatoes and butternut squash. Who cares if the squash has a virus? All we care about is the ripening squash.

No more planting until October. I have to accept the garden as it is, accept that I didn’t get done as much as I wanted, take stock of the failures. Now is the season for either rapid death or rampant growth.

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Black-seeded cow peas climbing the insufficient bamboo trellises, the sunchokes, and each other.

Resisting the urge (and opportunity) to buy new plants is hard! I jumped on an opportunity to raid a friend’s yard before she moves, but resisted a trip to Just Fruits and Exotics. Any new additions will have to live in pots in the shade for the rest of the summer anyway. All winter and spring into early summer, I keep seeing the garden as it should be. As I want it to be. Right now and for at least the next two months, I will try my hardest to only see the garden as it is. I will celebrate my successes.

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The view of the forest garden facing west. The annual understory is well filled in now. Isn’t it gorgeous?