The days are shortening.  Summer is waning.

It’s a little early to be reflecting on the year (there being plenty of it yet to come), but coming in this morning from soggy muddy gardens still too wet to plant, I feel confident saying there hasn’t been a year like this one in my memory.

Just as the seemingly incessant rain delayed our haymaking and our spring and summer planting (in some cases preventing them altogether), now we need to get fall gardens planted and we’re at another standstill.  While we were blessed with some good production this summer, the wet cold weather has been terrible for much of what we grow.  As if that wasn’t enough to deal with, we’ve had unprecedented damage from deer and raccoon.

We haven’t had enough production to go to the farmer’s market for the last few weeks and we haven’t been opening the farm store.  Almost every day we have to turn away folks coming to us for the kind of food that isn’t easy to find around here.  But we’re pleased that we’ve been able to keep the CSA going without interruption and our members have been giving us a lot of good and encouraging feedback.

There is good news in all this sogginess.  The pastures, which were devastated by drought the last few years, are thriving.  I can’t imagine we’ll need to buy any hay this year.  And if we can get the fall crops planted they will do great in this weather.  Most of our spring planting was delayed by a month or more, but once we got the crops in the ground we had the best-looking spring gardens we’ve ever grown.

If I could command the weather I’d make it sunny and hot for about a week, to dry the land some and ripen our tomatoes and melons.  Then I’d be happy to dial it back to this.

But as it is, we’ll just take what nature gives us and do the best we can.

I’m expecting a bountiful fall and (hopefully) a return to something more normal next year.


7 comments on “Reflecting

  1. shoreacres says:

    I’ll spare you my whine about no rain. We’re back to water restrictions, the lake levels are down and some of the fish haven’t even spawned this year. As a fellow said on the radio this morning, it’s as though they’ve decided it’s just not worth the trouble.

    It is good news about your pastures. I thought about you a couple of nights ago when I was talking with a friend in the hill country. Every one of her cantaloupes got eaten – by porcupines!
    She was pretty amazed, and just slightly amused by the deer she found watching the porcupines one night. She said she almost could hear that deer saying, “You fellows go right ahead. I’ll just stand here and watch.”

    Sometimes that’s all we can do – stand and watch, and wait for things to straighten themselves out.


    • Bill says:

      I was afraid the post sounded whiney, but when I sat down to type that’s just what came out.

      I’ve read about the water problem in Texas. There is potential for quite a conflict between the urban demand and the agricultural demand. Hoping the problem is washed away before it gets much worse.

      As bad as the deer have hurt us, I have a neighbor who grows vegetables for the wholesale market and he’s had it much worse. He’s basically throwing in the towel after this year.


  2. claire says:

    i’ll be lonely out here, Bill, and, oh, the wounds will be
    impressive…… nevertheless,….
    It is important that I stand up for right reason and Truth; failure to defend the Truth makes me part of the lie. Climate change/global warming or the Wrath of God?


    • Bill says:

      For the past few years I’ve been telling folks that I don’t know about global warming, but I can attest to Keeling warming. Then a year like this comes around…

      As for divine wrath, I don’t presume to know God’s mind, but I can’t think of any reason he’d be angry at my tomatoes but not my kale. 🙂


  3. Tina Schell says:

    Sad to see summer end but love your positive conclusion!


  4. claire says:

    on a supernatural level, you must be in a place of favor….kale lovers up there….smile!


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