Hi everyone. Gloomy Jen, here. Hope you are well. Please don't start drinking early after reading today's post - wait at least until noon.
It is time to face some facts, and acknowledge some likely truths; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
THE GOOD: I have seen evidence of everything I planted, except for the carrots. So the garden is not an unmitigated failure. However, only the turnips have come up in numbers above two (yes, two!), so definitely not a success. Not yet.
It would be in keeping with the rest of this year if I harvested exactly two of each vegetable. It really has been the year of major effort and minimal return.
THE BAD: This garden is suffering. Suffering, I tells ya! For the most part, the heat is the major culprit. 95 degrees is abysmal for September! I have tried to be good about watering, but it is hard to get motivated watering clay. Luckily, the weather should break on Sunday. I am holding out hope that once the heat breaks, the garden will take off.
I think I am also to blame for the suffering. I think I may have planted the seeds too deeply. Well, have you ever tried to plant minuscule dots a quarter inch under the ground? It is difficult. I was hopeful that they would persevere and push through, but that hope is fading.
THE UGLY: Grasshoppers! Stupid, lazy grasshoppers. I have always been partial to the ants in the story, and now I am definitely on Team Ant! Grasshoppers appear to be eating the spinach as it comes up. So I will see a sprout, and then the next day it is gone! Stoooopid grasshoppers. They are on my list!
Of course, if I find out that the ants have made off with my missing seeds, the ants are going on the list, too.
To sum up:
Something is growing, if not much.
Hope springs eternal.