It’s finally starting to feel like summer here in western Pennsylvania. It never does until temps reach the high 80s (it was 88 today) and humidity levels hang around 60% or so. Not quite as bad as summers in Mississippi or Kentucky where July and August bring “humidity so thick you can lick it.”
The veggie garden is shaping up to be one of the best we’ve had in years. It was more work this year, what with having to replace a bunch of pest infected topsoil (overwintering cucumber beetles). We rotate, and it helps, but it don’t necessarily keep a veggie garden pest and/or disease resistant. Even buying “disease resistant” varieties is often no guarantee.
I roll with the punches. For instance, the Japanese beetles are having their way with some of my hollyhocks and roses, but at least we got to see most of the blooms on both and for the most part, the beetles are stayin out of the garden (Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! patrol). It’s a compromise I decided I’d live with when I chose to quit using chemicals (this is my fourth chemical-free season).
I think we’re beginning to see healthier soil since we stopped using pesticides and herbicides. And that’s well and good, and as it should be. We just pile on composted leaves and add a small truck load of mushroom compost every other year or so, Nature does the rest.
I hope y’all’s gardens are producing as you hoped. Enjoy your harvest, and if you have extra, share it with someone less fortunate.