Monday, November 9, 2009

Garden Update

Just a quick post.

I took a well-needed Sabbath yesterday and have decided that I reeeeeaaaally need to do this more often: guard my time and prepare so that I really can have a day of rest once-a-week.

We are currently waiting for our bicycle head and tail lights to arrive, so that we can be riding more and not feel time constraints even with the earlier setting sun. I was not able to find these used, but had to order them online instead.

I've shopped the farmers' market the past 3 weekends in a row and we've been enjoying lots of local food. The CSA I joined will begin sharing the harvest on the 21st of the month. Also, our own garden is still giving us some things, but recently the zucchinis and crook-neck squashes have been dying on the vine and the healthy ones had some little holes in them. Ugh!! Worms!

I knew they were there - I could see their stupid, little droppings everywhere, but could not find them. Thanks to Paul, though, - my husband and research specialist - we've learned that they are what are commonly referred to as, "pickle worms." The night moths that lay these eggs arrive at night and lay their eggs in the flowers. Then the flowers, once fertilized close up and you can't see the gross buggers until they've eaten their way out of one fruit or put a hole into a healthy one. SO frustrating, but the key seems to be to plant the squashes earlier in the season. I may try it again next summer, but I don't know... we'll see. Seems if I'm not battling the worms in the flowers, I've got other nasty worms eating the leaves. It may be that I'm not going to be a zucchini farmer.

I confess that I get dramatic in my mind when things like this happen. I told Paul that with every garden failure I think, "What if I had to survive??? I don't think I could do it!" My much more logical husband pointed out to me (and I swear he is such a great yang to my yin - or whatever, just such a great match for me - always manages to calm me down and put things into perspective) that if we were trying to survive 1) we'd have many more plants than the few we have, so that if a few of the plants went down, we wouldn't be wiped out, so 2) we'd have a much larger garden and 3) we'd be out there every day really keeping an eye on things instead of checking every other day or so and then being surprised by mishaps and 4) there would be others sharing knowledge with us or we'd have been raised with a certain amount of knowledge that would help us.

As it is, we learn as we go and that is okay for a society such as ours. I suppsose I can be thankful that we are not in an emergency situation where I must have these skills right now. Still, Florida gardening is much more challenging to me than Minnesota gardening ever was and it leaves me wondering just what I would be eating if I truly grew nearly everything... and what a true, local diet looks like around here. For example, there certainly wouldn't be pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but more likely key-lime pie instead. I'm thinking about these things. I'm looking at key-lime recipes. Yes, I have frozen pumpkin in my freezer, but I think I ought to begin some new, more regional, seasonal traditions if I really want to learn to live smaller.
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