It’s been just over a month since my last garden update. Unfortunately, this has been the wettest summer on record in Des Moines. We have had more rain than the floods of 1993 and 2008. It’s been devastating seeing so many cities literally going under water. The city of my alma mater, Iowa State University, was flooded last week. Local parks and our wonderful bike trails are gone and waiting for the weather to stay dry long enough to see the light of day. Our land is waterlogged and with that, family farmers making a living are struggling. With all of the rain that we’ve had, it’s been the most difficult year for organic gardening that I have ever been through. We’ve had an influx of disease, pests, and mosquito’s. We’ve been lacking the high drier temps that our summer crops have needed. Production has been down all around Iowa and if you grew peppers successfully this year, you can call yourself lucky. Unless you garden can you truly begin to understand what farmers go through each and every year. My prayer is that they are enduring and that God will bring us a better season next year.
I was starting to get down on myself over my harvest. After speaking to so many people I have come to realize that I’m not the only one that is going through this. Praise the Lord my gardening is not my income. With that in mind, I do thank God for what He has given me this year. As I have been going through my pictures I have realized that I haven’t had that bad of a year under these wet circumstances.
Thank you Jesus for my wet gardens but most of all for family farmers that are still able to produce and meet my families needs.
The Lord has given us a couple of beautiful sunny dry days. I was able to clean up my plots, harvest and plant my Fall crops. Below are photos that I have taken today.
Plots at my mami and papi’s house
A few weeks ago I harvested all of my beets, carrots and some of my first ripe tomatoes. Today I cleaned up my plots and sowed my first round of Fall lettuce. I can’t wait for fresh crisp greens again. Next week I’ll harvest my cabbage and make a few more jars of fermented kimchi.
This post is a part of Simple Lives Thursday.