Hurry Up & Wait

For me, this is an awkward time of the garden season. Everything is well established—mulched, watered on schedule and fruiting. There’s harvesting to be done here and there, but really I am watching my peppers and tomatoes. The fruits have reached a nice size, but not quite big enough to harvest. The tomatoes are still holding onto their green color. I can’t wait to see that first hint of red. I am anxious, and waiting. The strawberries seem to be content maturing one at a time, but they go from albino white to luscious red in a matter of days, so that is keeping me contented. And there are other, more routine tasks that should be keeping me busy, while I wait for the tomatoes and peppers (my prizes). I should thin out the herb seedlings that are looking quite leggy. I should replant the oregano that didn’t make it. I should do a second sowing of lettuce (as has been my intention for the better part of a month now, while the container lies fallow). I should be shopping around for a garbage can and a purchased bag of compost so I can fortify and store my soil over the winter. But I can’t help just watching those peppers and tomatoes most days—examining the plant’s leaves and stalks and small fruits that are struggling to get big. The hardest part about gardening is the waiting…

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