I worked in the garden this morning before the temperatures became cruel again. Watering the peppers, okra, Fall squash and the few remaining tomato plants that have somehow hung on through the summer I saw them. The army of squash bugs were swarming over leaf after leaf. We have a problem lately that seems to be getting worse as the days go by. I squished at least a hundred of those awful squash bugs this morning and have been doing the same thing for a few weeks now. My hands are stained green from bug juice yet I refuse to give up the fight to them. At least I know that battle is being waged even as more and more of them seem to take the squished ones place. I have no idea how to get rid of them and they seem to multiply overnight. The war will continue until either they are all gone or the squash is. Either way I will be able to say I fought the good fight.
I planted some carrots, radishes, Swiss Chard and a few turnips in the beds where some of the tomato's were pulled up and have another 3 eight foot beds ready to plant in once the sun falls behind the trees this evening. The other two 4x30 foot spots still need to be "bedded up" and fertilized before anything can be done with them. I don't know, but hope, that we can get that done in time to plant some bush beans, turnips,spinach, Kohlrabi, and cabbage. I guess we will just play it by ear on those as the heat is still with us and we are running out of time. I need to find a spot for garlic and onions as well.
This morning I felt it. I look for it every year. Wait for it, wish for it. This year I wasn't sure that it would ever come. Something different in the way the air wraps itself around you. That almost imperceptible feeling of the changing of the season. Something in the way the air feels just a little differently. A whisper of the promise of Fall. Of course it only lasted a few hours, but I felt it. I know that it will be here before long. I am ready to put the oppressive heat behind me and hope that the coming season will not be as unkind as the one it follows.
~~~~~~ Hey ... I'm Just Sayin' ... ~~~~~~