|The fall-planted garlic has given all it can - it's done now|
I think one of the neatest things about outdoor bloggers, whether we are writing about New York City, New Delhi, or New Orleans, urban windowbox gardening or bobber-fishing an Arkansas levee, is that we have our minds, hearts, and senses right in the dirt of God's green earth. With any stability there's the natural, animal tendency to grow complacent and used to the routine ("Yup, going duck hunting again today, it's pretty cold"), so the change of seasons is really the time when we really notice how dynamic a place the earth can be.
|The romaine bolted - super bitter and headed for the compost bin|
|Here comes the summer squash!|
|Fall-planted Salad Bowl leaf lettuce has been great to us|
I started off in March with several hundred seedlings under the lights. We're down to about a dozen cuttings of sweet potato and a half dozen peppers that will be planted where the lettuce is currently marching toward its death. The basement plant lights and shelves are empty. Turned off. Open space on the workbench where just two months ago, I was mixing soil a few times a week.
Slugs, a huge presence in the garden just a month ago, have all been fried out of their homes. The rabbit nest in my lettuce has been vacated. I don't think any of the rabbits survived. I have a much bigger rabbit now. I almost got him the other night. He (she?) is big, fast, and smart. The caterpillars are here, they're enjoying the dying lettuce and the nearby tomatoes and peppers. I've put off chemical control so far, but I sense an application of Bt (a anti-caterpillar bacteria bomb) might be coming soon.
No change is more evident than my own offspring. I certainly feel more tired and beat down than I did at age 24, but no more so than I did at 33 or 35. Hank, however, changes every day. He is soaking up so much information from the world around him. He knows of TCBY only as the "ice cream place," and we are not teaching him letters yet, but somehow the other day he pointed at the TCBY sign and yelled "T! C!" In addition to "NO! No! No! No!" he walks around saying things like "I (I'll) get it." and "My nana (my banana)!" The change is really striking if you just stand still enough to watch it. Here he is last week - my sweaty, boogery garden assistant (his primary duties are to carry around PVC stakes and pick up rocks):
And here he is in the garden one year + one week ago:
I can't imagine Hank being any "way" than the "way" he is right now. Back then, he couldn't even crawl. Or talk. Now it seems like he does everything except speak well and dress himself. And even with all the time I spend observing the seasons outdoors, I still don't understand where the time is going, or why it's slipping away faster and faster. But my God, as years continue to slip by, the ride's getting more and more awesome.