I was supposed to take our new farm-stay helpers on an outing to the lake this evening, but after we finished an early supper they told me I looked tired and asked me to stay home and rest. They decided to visit the marina instead, and I went out to side-dress my cucumbers and check water on the recently sowed carrots.
Oddly enough, that was very relaxing. I was just as much outdoors as I would have been at the lake, and one more much-needed task was getting checked off the to-do list. One less thing to worry my mind.
Now is a beautiful time of year: long evenings, warm days, and everything growing quickly. But it’s also a time when mid-season burn-out can happen all too easily.
This week we’re hoping to finish transplanting green onions, transplant edamame and the first of our fall/winter cabbages, sow peas, sow greens and turnips, sow the beets we should have sowed last week, and keep up with our regular biweekly harvesting schedule, plus weeding and odd jobs. It’s that time of year–keep working, keep working, but rest just enough to keep working.
Nevertheless, I find that July comes with a sense of relief. The impossible to-do lists of May and June have been conquered at least in small part, showing that consistent effort does in fact get things done. Summer crops that we transplanted earlier are now yielding their fruit–cucumbers and eggplants were both on the market table this Saturday. There is still work to do, but already we’re making progress and reaping our reward.