I’ve been busy for the last couple of weeks, but it doesn’t seem that way from the paltry number of blog posts. My work schedules are a little more intense than usual, and I’ve needed some weekends to meet deadlines. But it just seems as if more things are competing for my time, and my time management skills have fallen short.
Ed has done his part in getting the garden ready for planting. He has set up the twelve 15-foot rows that you see here.
There will be two more shorter rows behind them, next to the rhubarb. Now he is at work clearing the back, where it used to be more shady than it is now. And he is working on compost bins and the real cage for the tomatoes. The netting in the photo is only temporary, and it has kept the deer out. I’ve seen hoof prints, but no damage. Perhaps they think my tomatoes aren’t worth the trouble yet.
I didn’t plant the tomatoes until after July 4, and considering that, I think they’re doing very well. There are flowers on each, but no little green tomatoes.
I’ve only planted a few rows so far, but we have burgeoning zucchini
A few cucumbers have sprouted too, and I sowed another row of beans this morning. I’ll be starting lettuce, swiss chard, kale, broccoli, and herbs in flats for transplanting in a few weeks. Since we’re getting such a late start, I’m only expecting fall veggies, but next year I want my season to go from April to November. And eventually, I’ll plant clover between the planting rows.
The rest of the deerproofing is up to me. I bought some hoops to mount floating row covers. In addition to keeping out the deer, they keep out insects (but not slugs). I tried out the new hoops under the shade netting, and I think they’ll work. Even though the row covers don’t make for a very attractive garden, I like not having to use insecticides, even the organic ones, which can still be toxic to bees and lady bugs.
My knitting has been slow, and not very steady. Now that there are only three more repeats of the bee hive motif, I’ve pretty much memorized the pattern.
This is not as astounding as it might appear, since I have done almost every row twice and some three times. After a long work day, this project requires a little more mental acuity than I possess, and I’ve made so many silly mistakes I’m embarrassed to list them. And whenever I had the insane notion that I could drop down and adjust without frogging, the fix took even longer. I should know better—just rip and be done with it. In any case, I can’t find any mistakes now, and I do love the pattern and the yarn.
My summer plans were to knit three pairs of socks and two shawls. Somehow I’m not sure I’ll manage all this. I think I’ll fondle some sock yarn this weekend to help me decide on a project. But tonight, I’ll aim to finish the beehive section and figure out what the next section of the shawl will require.