Rain, rain and more rain. That is the story of this summer on Elm Street as we find ourselves in the second half of July and August fast approaching. But it is better than being in the drought conditions with which we have struggled for the past few summers. Now the retention ponds are full to the brim and the crawfish are merrily digging holes in the garden beds.
But many good things are happening in the garden. The tomatoes are rioting and the sweet potato vines are taking over (as sweet potato vines will do). All the rain mixed with some occasional sunshine is giving Elm Street Gardens that overgrown look that occurs in mid-summer. Although crops are planted in tidy, neat rows, they quickly overstep their bounds and shoot stems and runners in all directions.
The tomatoes are producing mightily (record harvest one day was 180 pounds) and cucumbers keep pouring in. You can practically watch the long beans grow even longer and the figs, if slow to ripen, are plentiful and promising. Corn and sunflowers reach astonishing heights. So we can rejoice in summer’s bounties despite the gray days and the squash plants that keep meeting an untimely death.
Hooray for summer’s vegetables! Now if the okra would just get going . . .