Outdoor activities have been limited lately due to the extreme heat and humidity. Plus ozone alerts. Who would think that in a county which is heavily forested and has such low population that we don’t even have a traffic light, we would have trouble with air quality? It’s the Ohio River Valley influence again.
Any work that must be done outdoors is usually in the early morning. However, some relief is in sight with cooler weather predicted for the next few weeks.
The garden is still looking pretty good but doesn’t seem to be producing as much as most years. We are usually overwhelmed with zucchini and summer squash this time of year but not this year. Also, green beans that we generally pick by the bucket seem sparse. The first crop of corn has been harvested and put up. Thanks to Mikey the guard dog for keeping the raccoons out of the corn patch. And it looks as if the tomatoes, peppers and eggplant will be plentiful. Just not yet.
One of my great pleasures is planting flowers for cutting in the garden. I love to bring in big bouquets for the house. The varieties change from year to year but I always have a row or two of sunflowers, especially the mammoth and the multi-stemmed varieties. Zinnias, cosmos, nasturtiums, are usually sown, but I add other varieties, such as baby’s breath.
The many containers with flowers seem to be holding up well, probably due to better watering and care. This is one reason to plant in pots. The flower beds could use a good weeding and some more mulch but that will have to wait until the cooler weather next week.
Living in the country makes one cognizant of the cycles of nature, whether it’s the heat of summer or the cold of winter. I think it’s easy to lose sight of man’s connection to his environment if you don’t experience some contact with nature every day. Just my humble opinion.
I hope that you get some time outdoors this summer.
In every walk with Nature, one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir