Despite monsoons, storms and locusts. Kidding (I hope) about the locusts, but this year has been a real challenge if you are trying to grow your own food. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but what is up with this weather?
Yesterday was pretty much a washout, although Mother Nature was nice enough to give me a half hour break so I could unload the feed from my car and get it into the feed cans. I had planned on getting the babes (aka little pullets) out for the first time, but not in that downpour.
I think that having raised beds has saved what I planted this year. Most of the water has drained out, but even raised beds have their limit. Yesterday, I spent the day running errands and did some clean up work in the hayport and in the house. Today, I put the second level of tires on my potato plants and conjured up a soil mix to finish them off. I finally have blossoms on my peas, who seem to the the only ones enjoying this soggy, cool weather. The beans are coming along, but I realized that my tidy little string trellis will not be up to the job, right, Erin? I have a plan for trellising the Chinese red beans that should be sturdy enough. Pack rat that I am, I have a store of 1-1/2" PVC that I will use as cross supports. If it works, I will take pictures. If not, I will never mention it again and hope you forget and don't ask what happened.
As I was out and about yesterday, I noticed that there are a lot more home vegetable gardens this year. I mean a LOT. It sure is a tough year to start, but I hope those folks have the fortitude to stick with it. Food prices are high, gas prices are high, feed prices are high, and nothing is going down. When I drove by a house in town that was just sold this spring, I saw that the young couple who bought it had put in a nice big garden patch, a chicken coop and a compost pile! Things are looking up!