Harvesting

I heard a little piece of advice recently. It may sound obvious to you, but I needed to be reminded. They said, “Don’t forget to harvest what you sow.”Β 

space is at a premium here
(photo credit: fairweatherpaddler)

I diligently sowed. I even planted out. Ok my time keeping may not have been the best, but we got there in the end. My successional sowing a disaster. And prepping for autumn sowings never happened. I blame the preoccupation with waiting on baby’s arrival. We’re still waiting – no pressure baby….

big plans, big dreams
(photo credit: fairweatherpaddler)

I dreamt this year of providing all our vegetables for the summer. That was before the realities of growing a baby while keeping a toddler alive sank in in all its glory. I changed the goalposts. If we got a bit of fruit and vegetables over the summer, I would be happy. If I could get some preserving done, then even better.

But first, I had to harvest. Little Paddler turned out to be better at it than I was and constantly grazed on peas, strawberries, blackcurrants and raspberries. She even picked “her vegetables” (aka lettuce) to bring in to force feed me. I did get some harvesting done though. And I need to remind myself that my garden has had successes this summer.

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15 thoughts on “Harvesting

  1. Ok, the slide show is impressive. I need to figure out how to do that…and again it is impressive as to what grew and came to fruition– was and is pretty darn good for one who feels as if they did not meet their goals—and the picture of your very own little munching “deer” is in a word, precious…..
    I never did get my pots of lettuce planted and I’ve just pulled up and dumped two of the post of three tomatoes…as summer’s heat has taken a toll.
    So it’ll be off to the vegetable stand in town πŸ™‚
    Here’s to waiting on baby!!!!!

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    1. The slideshow I make with a free app called Slideshow Maker. It’s basic enough but works for me and what I want for now.
      I think as usual I just set my goals too high. You think by now I would have learned to lower my expectations. Turns out you can’t teach this old dog any new tricks. πŸ˜‚

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  2. I don’t grow much of anything. I can barely keep a potted plant alive. It sounds like there much work that goes into growing vegetables and fruits. I think you have had success too. All your fruits and vegetables look amazing.

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  3. Congratulations! Beautiful tomatoes! I have pulled a few tomatoes from the garden this year. I planted in May and the weather has been perfect for growing. Everything is out of control and I’ve had no time to cut and prune and weed. But I have tomatoes! πŸ™ƒ
    PS I don’t like tomatoes. πŸ˜‚

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    1. Love it! Tomatoes are those things that you feel you should grow. Little Paddler keeps informing me that she doesn’t like tomatoes or peppers or onions. But she loves checking on them. And she’ll eat ketchup and onion rings. Apparently they don’t count.

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    1. Do try it. It’s so fulfilling. Despite all my complaining and beating up.of myself. Start with herbs and salad leaves or maybe strawberries. Something tasty and easy to grow is a great way to get the bug and all you need is a window sill!

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  4. Oh my gosh, this is so funny, and if you got all that planting done, you have no need to be hard on yourself for not getting to the harvesting! FWIW, in my experience one is either a “planter” or a “harvester” but it’s hard to be both – my father was SO diligent about planting and tending but much less so about harvesting (so my mother was the one on top of that), and now my husband basically abandons the garden once the plants are in the ground, whereas I am not into planting the veggies but also can’t bear to let them go to waste once the planting is done! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the good chuckle over my own family dynamics!

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