High Summer Rain

The rain fell all through Tuesday till late in the evening, and we woke Wednesday to a day that seemed it could go one way or the other. The sky held gray but it was high in the atomosphere and thin, almost showing blue beyond. If it thickened and lowered there would be more rain. But it thinned, the day soon became a deep cerulean and the sun shown again. After all that rain, the gardens would burst forward toward harvest.

Today I inspected the gardens. The tomato beds are setting the first fruits and I need to go over them thoroughly and prune as well as weed the few unwanted plants that have managed to grow between their closely set rows. We have been picking at the turnips beds for the past couple weeks, harvesting anything 4″ broad or bigger, but by the weekend, thanks to the rain, most of the remainder will be ready. A salmon hued raspberries have grown fat on the canes, and the first will be harvested this very evening. And this weekend we will certainly take the first of the seasons late new potatoes. We are all scrambling to get everything harvested and stored, and the pace will only accelerate between now and September as the potatoes and other later crops come ripe.

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