Thanks all for your great contributions to the discussion on babywearing earlier this week. It is really fun to hear all the different voices and to hear what worked for folks (as well as what didn't). I think next up in the series will be food/meal planning, but it will probably take me a few days to get my thoughts together on such a big topic. In the meantime: garden!
Here in Vermont, July is really the height of good garden time. Everything is planted (if it's not, you probably won't see a harvest before first frost) and a lot of it is far enough into the process of becoming table ready that you can visualize where the whole project is headed. So much fun. The tomatoes are getting bigger and a few of them are even starting to get red.
Annie 2.0 had been gifted a packet of sunflower seeds from a friend who won the Utah State Fair blue ribbon for her sunflowers last year. We planted a row and I have to say, I'm pretty excited to see what these are going to look like!
Pumpkins! Those vaguely spherical harbingers of fall joy! Our pumpkin plant is currently boasting at least four good sized green pumpkins and I might well be more excited about these than anything else in the garden. Our neighbors at the community garden have had a nasty run with squash borers and I'm increasingly paranoid about the pest deciding to make the pilgrimage over to our plot for a new place to dine. Luckily, Annie 2.0 is excellent at spotting the grubs and totally ruthless when it comes to squishing them. So far, so good.
Our tomatillo plants this year were all volunteers that popped up in unexpected spots. We transplanted them and let them keep growing, and it seems as though we might actually be rewarded with tomatillos! I'm thinking that we should do a big green salsa making and freeze jars for winter, but I guess that we'll have to wait and see what the yield looks like. Still, the last time we tried tomatillos the plants got huge but the husks never filled up, so this is definitely looking more promising than that.
A couple of weeks ago I went for a walk to the beach with Annie 2.0 and my small people. Annie gathered a bunch of driftwood and then hiked back to the car with it tucked under her arm. It was kind of a feat, actually. Anyway, she turned it into a bean trellis which has thus far survived not one but two semi-epic thunderstorms that have taken out trees around the neighborhood. Apparently, if you need a trellis, she's your gal.
And, the sweet potatoes. We did a big long bed of sweet potatoes again this year and although I feel like they are behaving a bit different than they have in the past, the plants look healthy and are getting bigger. If memory serves, these guys will stay in the ground for quite awhile longer. I think we harvested them in September or early October last time? Hmn. I guess I should be taking notes.