I must say, I think I must be having a real spate of beginner's luck with my garden this year, although I had a smaller one last year. I'm learning a lot with it, like, there is such a thing as having planted too much, and succession planting really is a good idea. Right now, I'm building a firewood rack in the garage, on which I'm way behind- we should have ordered firewood in July, so it has to get done, but stuff is happening in the garden and I need to be there! I really should have watered today, but didn't. Tomorrow, I must- the garage can wait.
I need to attend to my tomatoes. They are just going nuts, and the fruits are smaller than I expected, probably because I didn't pinch suckers and they are just growing all over the place. They need to be cut back. This morning I did manage to knock down all my onions that are close to ready. The darn things are making flowers, which is the fault of the weather. I read that onions are not supposed to make flowers- they're biennials, so what's happened with our freakish weather is that they were hot, then things cooled off again, then they warmed up again, so the onions have been tricked into thinking they have survived a winter and now it's time to set seed. The problem is, I planted all storage onions and you can't store onions that have made a flower stalk. So crap! This was supposed to last me until the autumn onions are ready. So now I have to figure out how I'm going to save them. Probably chopped and frozen.
I have more cucumbers to pick. The Eight Ball zucchini has gotten away from me, and now I need to make bread. I need to deal with the French Sorrel bed which has also gotten out of hand. My carrots are getting woody and splitting, so I've decided to dry the commercial carrots that are still in the fridge and harvest my carrots for fresh use. I should probably do that tomorrow. And how do I tell when the parsnips are done? They're biennials as well, and somewhat toxic the second year. Have they suffered the same fate as the onions and how do I tell?
I originally meant to mention that what makes me think I have beginner's luck is all the woe and sad tales I read and hear about folks having trouble with their gardens this year because of the weather, some of them very accomplished gardeners. My sister is about to give up gardening because of her bad luck, and she majored in Agronomy! But after reading about things that are going wrong in my garden, I'm thinking I'm very lucky to have it producing at all, much less to the point that I can barely keep up with it. I'll water tomorrow, and pick stuff that's ready, and maybe get the tomatoes under control, but then I have to get back into the garage and get that darn rack done. It's taking a lot longer than I thought it would.
Homesteading is hard work.