Summer loosens her grip on us reluctantly in our part of Kentucky, snug on the southern shores of the Ohio River Valley. The heat and humidity claw at us through the month of August and well into September.
Occasionally, though, we are gifted with a day or two of lower temperatures. A cold front from the Northlands will wash away the hot, languid air, making mornings crisp and putting a spring in our step.
As the poet Ernest Dowson declares: “Summer’s loss seems little, Dear! On days like these.”
If at all possible, these mornings must be spent out in the sunshine. And there’s plenty to do in the garden.
Tomato blight has swept through the patch, so there’s not much left to harvest, just a whole lot of sanitizing to do. Not my favorite exercise. But for a good tomato crop next year, well worth the effort.
The cucumbers are about played out; they put on quite a show this year. I love the look of Lemon Cucumbers, but the ratio of seeds to flesh leave a little something to be desired. Pretty in a salad, though.
Young Madeline planted one Sugar Baby plant (in a bale of straw) that resulted in one stunted (but still lovely) watermelon. We’re thinking straw bale gardening may not be the best method for watermelons.
But as Eleanor Perenyi said “To garden is to let optimism get the better of judgement.”
So who knows, we may try it again.
How many times do you try a garden experiment before moving on? And isn’t experimenting with new plants and methods part of the fun? We think so!