Monday, August 1, 2011

The Gardeners Lament

I had in mind a lament.  The sun is too strong, the heat is unceasing, the tomatoes won't set fruit, the cucumber is yellowed and frail.  You know the words and the tune. Unless you live in the UK, or on the west coast you probably sing the same song...

But then I started to make dinner.  I'm daring to boil water tonight because the overgrown basil plants are crying out to be made into pesto.  And, into the pesto sauce will go a few cloves of garlic from GG's spring planting.

 
Oh, and we'll make a salad out of the sun golds.  Apparently cherry tomatoes still grow for us which is amazing what with the Mojave moving in and all.

 
I suppose I should also mention the one cucumber waiting to be sliced and we picked our first black beauty zucchini today. We have 2 sugar baby watermelons fattening up on the fence, and two more on the vine. To top it all off, it looks like we might get a decent fall raspberry and fig crop. (remember the fig???)

So as always I say to you: Glass half full or what!?!


18 comments:

  1. Yum! The Sun Golds are lovely. Your glass surely is half full. xoxo

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  2. I'd say half full, GG's garlic from the spring planting look perfect and the tomatoes ready to burst with juice. Our tomatoes aren't setting yet because we are lucky to get into the 70's and stay there in this part of the west coast. But our zukes are coming on and we ate our first dish of dinosaur kale and swiss chard the green beans are reaching for the sun and the beets will be roasted and some pickled this week..I guess mine is a half full also. xo

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  3. Half full. We had such a late summer that my tomatoes are still green, and the one big plant is wilting.

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  4. No tomatoes for us this year in our not garden, but there' s an urban farm nearby that grows loads of them. To this (wavering) vegan, that Estonia looks sure delish!

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  5. O this iPhone. It's the pesto that looks delicious , not Estonia .

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  6. I will make sure to get the guest room ready for ya!!~ Thanks for stopping by my blog again today ~;) Rachel

    French Farmhouse 425

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  7. Those little goldens are dreamy. And I love the word lament.

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  8. I raise my half full glass to yours from our misty, cloudy coast. Your crop is admirable, your dinner enviable.

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  9. Oh if only I had the room to grow my own.

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  10. All looks so good, and I bet those tomatoes are so sweet with all that sun. Our weather is picking up, so far we've had a couple of days of lovely sunshine :) x

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  11. Definately half full, my friend! Sounds like you had all the makings for a wonderful night.
    Let me know when the watermelon is ready...try as I might, I can't get one to grow.

    Enjoy today!

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  12. Hi Jane, you already have tomatoes!!!!! I am terribly jealous. Mine are still green and rock hard! ;-)

    Enjoy your dinner. Oh to have home-made pesto.....

    Lieve groetjes van Madelief x

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  13. Nothing is better than pesto in Estonia.

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  14. Garlic is byootiful. My lament is so similar, AND the fig has half of what it had last year. Sniff.

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  15. Oh my! Glorious. My CSA is just producing zucchini, zucchini and more zucchini

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  16. Hi Jane. I’m up here in NW DC and just had to tell you how much I needed this. Last night I cried over my garden – possibly the first time I have shed real tears for it. “It’s out of my control,” I said to my fiancé, “and I feel completely helpless.” Being the ever-positive person he is, he reminded me of all that I have produced so far and all that is to come and I must admit I felt a bit foolish for being so melodramatic. So you are correct: a pretty glass half-full of fine and decadent, hard-earned and worth-while treats to savor. Thanks for the sympathy, and reminder.

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  17. Those tomatoes look delicious.

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