I have come to the conclusion that having a large garden
is much like raising a child.
It takes an inordinate amount of supervision...
and if you turn your back for just a little,
it goes completely out of control!
That is exactly what has happened
in my strawberry garden.
While I have focussed my energy on the vegetable garden,
enjoying the fruits of my labor,
the strawberry patch has become unruly and completely out of control.
Weeds are everywhere.
(Everywhere that the gourds haven't taken over!)
Not just little weeds,
Unfortunately, though, because of my steadfast adherence to organic practices,
I must pull each of these weeds by hand.
And that is just what I did....
for 6 hours!
Here is the result....
Even Maddie and Oakley were exhausted!!
My gator was overflowing with "weedage".
Meanwhile the vegetable garden continues to be prolific...
with more tomatoes and cucumbers than I can possibly use.
The peppers and eggplant continue to produce,
as well as the beans and watermelons.
I have replanted the cilantro
and the basil.
After all....what good are tomatoes without fresh basil and cilantro?
I have cleaned out the spent crops
and gotten the boxes ready for fall planting...
I have also planted a fall broccoli crop,
and ornamental cabbage and kale for autumn eye appeal.
Now, how about some fresh bruschetta...
or maybe some salsa fresca!!!
Don't worry, while I am doing that,
I will keep one eye on the strawberry patch.
There is no way I am letting it get so out of hand again!
Maybe it just needs a little "time out"!