I went out this morning in the sunshine, July 4, to see how my garden fared after the steady rain we had all night long on Monday and all day long yesterday. I walked to the bus yesterday morning in full rain gear and was glad for every bit of it. The rain didn't let up until late in the day, giving the garden a real drenching. I found that my plants had all survived and seemed none the worse for wear. Parts of the garden had standing water, but not my little plot. The weather is supposed to be mostly sunshine for the next week or so, and I expect the garden will take off. My neighbor on the left, Clint, put in wood chips between our plots and seaweed all around both his area and mine, hoping to discourage the slugs.
Before I took this picture, I harvested dozens of leaves from the two kale plants farthest from the camera in the middle row. The two healthy plants in front are brussels sprouts. Those two sad plants in the upper right are my well-chewed sweet basil, which the slugs love; the lack of sunshine we've had means they are looking sad in every garden plot, even if they aren't being eaten. Oh, well; this year is an experiment to see how things do, and next year's garden will be planted by a much more informed gardener. I'm learning by doing. Anyway, I had a kale sandwich for lunch today, and it was simply delicious!
One of my blogging friends, Far Side of Fifty, sent me a bunch of these Bent Humor pictures, with a note saying, "What artists do if given wire and household objects and too much time on their hands." I wanted to share this one and hope that it gives YOU as many smiles as it has given me. Is this what is meant by burning the candle at both ends? Happy Independence Day!