The Beginnings of My Fall Garden
My fall garden is coming along, slowly but surely. So far, the carrots have come up, along with the beets, dill, onions, bok choy, and a few lettuces. Also in the ground, I have kale, spinach, radishes, and two struggling Brussels sprouts. The turnips have started to emerge as well (and it looks as if the bugs have already conducted a taste test).
The greatest challenge (in addition to the bugs) is keeping the seedlings moist enough to get off to a good start. The ground is so dry and crumbly right now, it's amazing that anything can grow. I can't remember the last time we had rain.
This evening, as I walked home from the garden, I was serenaded by a chorus of cicadas -- a sure sign that summer is nearing its end. On one stretch of the walk, their buzzing screech rose to such a high pitch that it was almost deafening for a moment. I thought to myself: They must all be screaming for rain! Every living thing, it seems, is hoping for rain.