Suprises After the Weeds

I had not been in the garden in a few days.  Today I spent several hours working.  After pulling weeds, which I had not done in a long time, I was very encouraged.

One of three weed piles I pulled this week.

One of three weed piles I pulled this week.

Today I heard a speaker say that life is not about how I feel but what I “will” to do.  Gardening for me is a challenge.  Many times I do not “will” to go out and weed or do other work in around the Micro-Farm. This summer has been a particular challenge for me to keep up with what I should be doing.  One of my goals is to improve my succession gardening skills.  Every year I seem to struggle to plant my second crops at the correct time or to take care of them properly.  This year I planted several crops and most, if not all, had failed.  Reflecting back this was really discouraging.

Willing myself out today.  I pulled many weeds, which felt good. Pulling the weeds also revealed many young plants.

A few young onions

A few young onions

Young kohlbrobi, I think

Young kohlrobi, I think

Cauliflower, I think

Cauliflower, I think

I wish I had done a better job at record keeping.  I guess I will have to wait and see what comes of them.

So far the most successful second crop has been the rutabagas.  They are an heirloom variety that was typically planted on or around July 4th.  So far it has been good advice.

My largest rutabaga.

My largest rutabaga.

The peppers continue to be really successful this year.

A red sweet pepper

A red sweet pepper

After several hours of “willing” work my feelings cheered up.  What challenges or discourages you in the garden?  What encourages you in the garden?

Enjoy this season, learn from last season, and look forward to next season.

 

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