I've learned a lot from this spring garden. Not having had a garden this large before there were many lessons to be learned. This I why I've always stressed the point that you have to learn, practice and hone any new skill. Reading it from a book is one thing but actually doing it is a whole other thing. Not that I haven't grown gardens before but they were small compared to this one. I wouldn't trade what I've learned this year for anything. I will say one thing though, I'm really glad that the biggest part of it is over. I don't have the energy I used to have and have to take things at a slower pace, take more breaks. That makes everything seem to take so much longer. There were times I wasn't sure I could keep up but I did!! I'll be better prepared next year and ready for the onslaught of beans, peas, tomato's and all the other things that seem to come in all at once.
I know that if it weren't for the drip line irrigation Mars installed none of this would have been possible. It's just been too hot and to try and hand water would have been impossible. That was some of the best money we have spent in a long long time. And for about $200 I can see it paying for itself by next spring. Heck I think it's already paid for itself. All that watering I didn't have to spend all day doing.
Other than drying some of the never-ending okra and canning peppers there isn't much to do right now in this heat. We are going to put most of the garden to bed for the year. I'd like to pick up some broccoli and cabbage plants since I neglected to start any for the fall. And believe it or not I even want to pick up a couple of tomato plants just for fresh tomato's to go with the lettuce I'll be planting in a few weeks. Mars has two 75' rows ready to plant in. We'll see if that's big enough. I'm looking forward to a slower pace about right now! What's crazy is that the calendar calls for planting all sorts of things right now. I've got the itch to go on and get things in the ground but I just worry that with all this heat it will end up frying the seed and/or sprouts before they have a chance. We are going to give it a couple more weeks at least before trying to plant the fall stuff. Maybe by then we'll get a break in the weather.
So, now all the sudden I find myself with some time on my hands during the day. What a change! Of course it only means that I can get to some other things I've been neglecting. There are beans to be harvested for next years seeds, and my house has suffered terribly for the past six or eight weeks. I've got a list (of course) of tons of projects that need to be done but it's had to take a back seat to weeds, beans and tomato's for awhile.
I have to just say one thing...... I wouldn't trade it for anything. Man, I love this life!! Who would have thought even two years ago we would be here and doing this. I might get hot and tired and dirty but I'm doing it for us and what a wonderful feeling that is. And in these troubled times I take moments every day to just stop and look around and realized just how blessed I am.