As usual, the month of June in Iowa was wet. For awhile I didn’t think it was ever going to stop raining. A few bad hailstorms did some damage as my lettuce crops tore and fragile root crops were smashed to the ground.
One thing this past month did have me thinking about was how much faith our forefathers had to of had.
As I was praying one day, asking the Lord to let up on the rain I started to think about days past where peoples’ food and livelihood depended on the land.
As much as it rained here and the damage that was inflicted, in the back of my head I always know there is the farmers’ market.
I can’t even fathom to think about all of this work that I do for joy being done out of necessity.
How much faith would that take? To be so aware of the weather, the climate and natural forces all the while understanding that your source of life is in God’s hand.
Today, for many of us, a rainy day means means being stuck inside the house. We really do take Him for granted as we’ve made our lives easier, or, set in a way that we no longer labor with our hands by the sweat of our brow.
I’m not saying that I’m not thankful for the easier things in life, but it just had me thinking on faith and what that means. For me, I want more of it.
With as much rain as we’ve had, I faired better this year with my raised beds. They helped in draining excess water. On dry days I would make sure to work the soil to prevent it from compacting.
The raised beds at my parents home are under too much shade. Every year I try to change things up as I’ve been trying to figure out what works best under these conditions. I’ve finally concluded that next year I am going to plant an entire bed in peas, one in fava and the other in an assortment of lettuce and greens. Anything else takes too long to grow. Now that my husband is putting me in 3 more beds in our own backyard, I’ll see how those do as compared to these.
We have been harvesting lettuce, green onions, and peas. The radishes went to tops, however, we did use them to make pesto.
Red Bull Beets and Carrots. Now that we’ve had a drier week, they’ve grown much larger than the images below.
My beds are literally filled with worms. Even in my composter! It’s just a shame there’s not enough sunlight in this area as I’ve worked so hard to build the soil up.
The raised beds in my community garden have made a huge difference this year. My crops drowned the past couple of years and after adding soil and amendments, things are turning for the better.
I still have more amending to do and plan on testing the soil here soon.
Every garden needs a gnome. Right Stacey.
A surprise gift from sister.
Tomatillos and Peppers.
Eggplant and Zuchinni. I’ve started spraying the eggplant with neem oil as they’ve had a hard time taking off with so many darn flea beetles. They’re doing nicely now.
At home I’ve been pretty happy with how everything is growing. There is enough sunlight and I love having my veggies at home. It’s so much easier to take care of when I can go out at any time to water, feed or weed.
Tomato plants growing in the front yard.
More tomato plants, chard (with hail damage) and peppers.
Beautiful golden raspberries. Our favorite. The reds are turning now.
Brassicas. We had to put up a fence as the bunnies were enjoying this section of my garden. I’m anxious for brussels sprouts.
I just sowed vining beans by my front window. I’m hoping they do well.
This weekend I’ll be sowing cucumbers, beans and fall vegetables in my backyard. Parsnips, rutabagas, and tons of carrots, beets and turnips.
It’s been a good season so far and I’m hoping July brings us drier weather for a bountiful summer harvest.