Mid-season Garden Update

To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow – Audrey Hepburn

Y’all, I’m almost in tears. This garden season has been the worst. Between breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, back surgeries, and general illness, this year has been wrought with so many challenges for both Mr. Misty and myself, it’s been difficult to keep up with the garden.

I know its just a season. A garden season and a life season. And, seasons change, but it’s been beyond frustrating.

Saturday, after more than a month, I pushed to get out to the garden. Pushed to visit what is generally my “happy” place. Pushed the guilt, doubt, frustration, disappointment, depression and pain and went… and to my amazement, without much effort from me, myself or I (or even Mr. Misty), we were able to harvest many expected and unexpected goodies.

God is so good – the tears I shed are ones of ultimate gratefulness.

Though my plans of growing enough produce to provide a whole years worth for my family isn’t going to come to fruition, I have enough to feed us now and even some to put back for later…and the season is not over. This is only a fraction of the potatoes, the tomatoes are loaded with blossoms, zucchini’s are still producing. Jehovah-jireh – The Lord will provide!

Today I harvested:

•Mullein flowers to infuse in honey, which we will use as a cough syrup this winter & calendula to use in salves.

•potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, blueberries, tomatoes, radishes, beets, zucchini & yellow squash, and rhubarb!

•this is more of a “future” harvest – several of our radish plants have gone to seed. We pulled some but I’m going to leave the rest and see if I can harvest the seeds to use next year. We also harvested some calendula seeds with hope of planting them along the front and back fences to bring color and provide food for our bees.

We gave everything a good soaking and plan on fertilizing this week. The medication I’m currently on makes being out in the heat and sun difficult if not impossible, so there I may need to start getting up earlier.

Those of you with physical limitations, what are some of your tips and tricks? We’d love to learn from you!

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