I spent last week away from the farm, helping out a family member post-surgery and stocking a freezer with ready-to-go food options. I can’t help but anticipate my own harvest, seeing all those clear freezer bags with their bright, fresh ingredients, lined up for their turn like eager kids at an ice cream truck. (Or maybe I’m the eager kid!)
But when you spend a week away from any garden you never quite know what you’re going to come home to. I watched my weather app daily and prayed for rain. I had 15 gallon jugs of water on standby for a neighbor girl to use if we got desperate. But our farm doesn’t have an easy way to get water to the garden, so there was no back up plan: I had one round of water only. God would have to supply the rest.
He did! It rained nearly every day we were gone. The second day of no-rain, the neighbor girl came over to water, but the day after that? Rain again. Thank you, Lord!
What I ended up coming home to was a JUNGLE.
I took pictures the day before we left, intending to write a blog post, but there was just too much to do in preparation. Luckily now, I have pics that are nine days apart, and demonstrate just how powerful rain and sun in good combination are.
Here are a few pics before I left.
And here is yesterday:
I’m not quite sure what to do with Señor Super Zucchini. I have never seen a squash plant this powerful. It’s quite possibly an alien life form. I’m afraid if I cut, it will take personal offense and exact revenge on my family. When I came home, Señor had pulled down one large tomato cage (BENT THE WIRE!) and was working his way into two other beds!
I will keep you posted on his fate. Let’s hope it’s a delicious one.
In other news:
- We finally built a trellis for the wisteria! I’m going to hang a hammock here for about 4 blissful weeks every spring…
- Square (my son) and I are working on building a chicken tractor entirely out of farm junk. (We had to buy the wheels, but everything else is stuff we already had.) It looks like Frankenstein’s Monster, and it fills me with sinister delight.
- Remember the “duck pond?” We decided to go ahead and put a water feature in that spot after all. It was either that or stare at a weird pit in our garden forever. Stay tuned for specifics.
- And the big news! After an unavoidable delay, we are finally pouring the footings for our house Monday! It feels surreal (not unlike a certain heirloom zucchini I know.)
It’s good to be home, in spite of the jungle-sized tangle of work awaiting me. All those green tomatoes won’t be green forever…