In the last two days, I have been seriously obsessed. With the garden, that is.
You see, the garden was overgrown. Seriously so. To walk from one raised bed to another required wading through waist-high grasses, daisies, clover, and other assorted plants.
Frankly it was getting embarrassing. Some neighbors came over a couple days ago and I showed them the garden, and we practically needed a pith helmet and machete to get through it.
So... armed with this tiny but brave weed-wacker...
...I assembled several long extension cords and hit the hay. Literally. Half an acre of it.
For two days I wacked and wacked and wacked. Back and forth, around and around. I went through an entire package of plastic weed-wacker cordage. And while I'm not completely finished, at least most of my tires and raised beds are rescued from the jungle.
Blueberry bed, before:
Blueberry bed, after.
Garlic boat, before:
Garlic boat, after. (Yes, I know it's getting close to when I need to snip the garlic scapes.)
Vine tires, before... (By "vine" I mean vine-y plants such as pumpkin, watermelon, honeydew, cucumber, etc.)
Vine tires, after.
All in all, it's nice to be able to see my garden again.
Of course, toiling for two days in the hot sun meant I emerged filthy.
In a comical sort of way.
Weed-wacking finally gave me the excuse I needed to collect all the debris that had accumulated in the garden during the layout and planting process.
And at last I could see my strawberries in all their jeweled glory. What a treat to finally pick our own berries!
My veggies (and fruits) are growing, but many are growing verrrry slowly. To those who live in more verdant climates, you're probably snickering at my small zucchini (and other plants).
But remember, it was cold and rainy here well past June 21, so my poor little plants are trying to make up for lost time now that we have hot weather. I have maybe -- maybe! -- two months before the first frost, so we'll see what ripens and matures. It's tough, gardening in a northern climate.
But look -- one single blueberry is beginning to ripen! Soon the others will follow and I'll have my first official blueberry crop.
Life is good.