Ah, July. I dream of thee all year – thy heat, thy tomatoes, thy mulberries, thy fireflies, thy warm summer nights.
Thy mosquitoes, thy weeds, thy thunderstorms, thine humidity.
The past two years, our first tomatoes have been July 7 and 9, I believe. This year, it is July 25, and I’m still staring at a whole lotta green tomatoes. We were late planting just about everything, and now we’re late weeding, so the weeds are just killing me (and everything in the garden). The nightshades are actually doing alright, because I mulched them heavily with straw, so the weeds aren’t too bad. But the onions will have to be sacrificed to keep the weeds from going to seed (and the weeds, they are abundant). We actually bought two large straw bales for mulch this year, and it was a brilliant move, except that we haven’t had time to use it all.
It’s a familiar story – great expectations, and then the let down when I realize how behind I am in the big garden. I could start smaller, but well, I just really like having all those tomatoes and potatoes. I suppose when your husband works two jobs and goes to graduate school and you yourself have four young children to homeschool, you ought to set your sights a little lower and/or have a little grace when it doesn’t go your way. But I’m pretty hard on myself, so I’m feeling down about the garden (again). It’s okay, I’ll be alright – it’s this determined and wild personality that gets the results I like when things do go my way – so I’m learning to take the good with the bad. If I was laid back, I wouldn’t be me, would I?
The poultry are doing fine. The turkeys are gonna taste awesome.
The dog (Jupiter) is really a perfect family farm dog. He’s got some puppy pep in him (jumping on you when he’s really excited), but otherwise, you couldn’t ask for a more easygoing dog for children and chickens.
I have been having health problems for about three months or more. If you pray, do pray for me. I’m okay and it’s nothing serious (at least I don’t think!), so don’t worry. If you’re a friend and want to know, feel free to email me and ask. But for now, let’s just say that it’s been a tough spring and summer, but I know that things are going to be just fine.
I am doing some hardcore homeschool planning today (this blog post is my stalling), so I’m going to get back to that. I usually have our curriculum in hand by this point in July, but again, it’s been one of those years…so I have to hit the books and plan our year to come. I will have a third grader, a first grader, and a couple of hooligans/preschoolers to wrastle. What fun!