At this time of the summer the garden is a happy place to be. Weeds are still under control and the plants are looking robust despite our hot dry windy days. I’ve picked the first zucchini and am looking forward to eating it- in contrast to later in the summer when I’ve used every recipe I know to disguise them and can’t even give them away.
There are a few little tomatoes and lots of blossoms on the plants.
I try not to think about the changes that always come as the summer moves along. The pests: squash bugs and the dreaded tomato worms. The problems that mystify me year after year like leaf curl and bottom rot.
This year as always I am totally amazed at God’s providence when it comes to garden surprises. My “field of dreams” corn patch had about a fifty-percent germination and some stalks are just about “knee high by the fourth of July”. Pretty good by my Indiana standards! But the most amazing thing in my field of dreams is not what I planted but what God planted: watermelon, canteloupe, zucchini, acorn squash and some squash-like plants that only “by their fruits ye shall know them”. When I prepared the soil I was generous with compost from our kitchen scraps. I also tossed in the unsuccessful peat pots where the seeds never germinated, just to get some extra topsoil. I was intending to plant some melons once the corn sprouted but God beat me to it! My field of dreams wasn’t wonderful enough for God.
God is so “outside the box”. As if it wasn’t enough to fill up my little patches of garden with extra flowers and vegetables, I noticed some suspicious activity at the base of a Rose of Sharon tree that our friends Annette and Hector transplanted by our storage shed. As I was pulling some weeds I found several seedlings of the squash/melon variety thriving in the wet soil. One of them is the sturdiest and largest plant on the property. I’ve been waiting and wondering exactly what it would produce. Almost overnight two acorn squash have appeared!
These are midsummer garden parables. They feed my soul even before the harvest.