Let’s call this one “The Effects of Rain!”
1) The lawn mower broke earlier and needs parts, so of course it began to rain, and rain, and rain…5″ in a day and a night when we’d already had rain aplenty last week! The grass literally jumped for joy and is knee-high in spots. We think it knows the mower is “on vacation.” But notice on the right side, all the grass that is totally flattened by rushing water that will be impossible to mow in its prone position. 2) Although I’d rushed out to the potager to pick any tomatoes that were close to ripe before the storm, even those that were barely turning color are now split and ugly. That’s a “Goliath” which would have been delicious, but will now become “Disaster Tomato Chutney” thanks to Richard at “Sharpen Your Spades,” one of my favorite blogs.
3) Lots of rain followed by heat add up to germinating seeds and these tiny lettuces took advantage of the weather to pop up in the paths. Will I transplant them into rows in beds? Maybe, maybe not. There’s already volunteer and planted lettuces in several places. 4) The “Wando” peas have also appreciated the rain and grew nearly 7″ in the last two days! If you look carefully you can see a bloom or two already. 5) The spearmint had been languishing in our hot August, but with the abundant rains last week and this week it is flourishing. I see a Hugo or two in my future this weekend! And lastly 6) when you can’t garden you can! That’s 10 qt. plus a pint of elderberry cordial put up this week, plus pickled cipollini, pickled jalapenos, diced tomatoes and tomato juice. Broccoli, pepper strips and black-eyed peas were also frozen….and I had time to read a book, “The Swan Thieves,” which I thoroughly enjoyed!
That’s my “Six on Saturday” for mid-August (how can that be already?) and I’ve attempted to be less wordy, as requested in the guidelines posted by our host for this meme, The Propagator. Click on the link, and if you’re lucky it will take you there for lots more “Six on Saturday” posts.