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Garden Season is Winding Down

October 4th, 2017 at 04:23 am

The days keep flipping between really warm and nice and very cold with rain and wind. Every time the barometric pressure rises or falls dramatically and it does a number on me. For some reason I have always been sensitive to pressure changes. I know a few other people that are, but it seems a relatively rare thing. Today was particularly bad and had me skirting the edges of a migraine for several hours.

Every time I think it is time for me to just pull the garden out and be done with it, it warms up again. I am still getting zucchini, though it has slowed way down. The acorn squash is slowly ripening. There are a few cucumbers, but I'm not sure how much longer those will last. There are tomatoes. And the herbs, even the basil, are still going strong. The Brussels sprouts are ready.

I'm pretty tired of the garden by this time of year, but I don't want to give up on free food. I did replant some lettuce and blood veined sorrel, but it isn't big enough yet to harvest. I'm not sure it will become so, either, but it might.

My mother is pushing for us to get rid of the ducks, but I don't want to. At least not at this time. Saying good-bye to the turkey and chickens was enough for right now. I may be ready in another month or two. It'll be harder than the others, though. The ducks have such personalities and are just so much fun to watch.

Still, I am not looking forward to another cold winter of trying to keep their water thawed. I do have a heated waterer for drinking, but that doesn't give them anything to swim in and so they tend to get pretty dirty when their little pools keep freezing over.

I think I'm holding on out of emotional reasons. It feels like I'm giving up on a dream. Which in many ways, I am. But I've been slowly coming to the realization that the full on urban farm has just been too much since my fall last year and the double sprained ankles.

It's not a lot of fun recognizing your limitations. But recognizing them, I am, slowly but surely.

2 Responses to “Garden Season is Winding Down”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    It is tough realizing you have to make adjustments because of limitations. And even if you are giving up on this dream, who says you can't have another dream of doing something else. Sometimes we have to have things change to find even better things. Does that make sense? I hope so. I know I have fought over things in my mind and not wanting to give them up...for example, I was moved from a school I really liked being at, placed in four other schools and I wasn't happy. But it helped me a couple of years later because I used what I learned to help me become better in my job.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Rob--One of the things I am finding has changed is that I now have dedicated time to work on writing fiction. That is something I love to do, but have so rarely done since going full on into the farm. And it has always been my first love, writing stories, so perhaps it is time to change my focus and really concentrate on this dream instead.

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