I am hitting my usual August haze. I’m consistently 2-3 days behind what I should be doing, which usually makes me stress. I’m not stressing at all about being behind now, but I’m not sure if that’s a good thing either. I feel like I should care that things aren’t running as efficiently as possible. The culture here that I’ve noticed since moving to the farm says that worrying is responsible and stress pushes you to finish. I should be pushing myself more. I should but…eh.
Welcome to August.
I’ve been taking a lot of walks these days, when I should be doing other things. I’m just drinking this season in! This year our garden was completely mulched, (known as the “Back to Eden” gardening method, also known in the trade as “sheet composting.”) It was a big experiment and I’m just loving it. I have never enjoyed gardening as much as this year. It was a ton of work on the spring end of the season, but it has really paid off.
Weeds have been so easy to manage, even with the soy bean mixture fiasco. Yes, the strawberry patch is crazy now, but I’ve sort of let it get that way and focused my energy elsewhere because I plan on digging them up setting them in neater rows this Fall.
I just keep walking out to my gardens throughout the day. I walk around them, check on various plants, search through some cucumber vines, look at growth that I never remember or write down. This is the first year I can actually say that gardening has been a sanctuary. I’m so behind on canning, mostly because I’m going for these walks, picking handfuls of weeds here and there, talking to my plants. It’s getting bad.