The Frazzled Season

The world seems frazzled to me right now. I’m frazzled, too. The bright sun and heat give me migraines. I try to put a good face on it, but… The thing is, this is the season of….

“HOLY SHIT!!!! THE GRASS IS GROWING!
THE GRASS IS DRY!! THE VEGETABLES NEED TO SPEND TIME OUTSIDE IN THE SUN!!!! IS IT GOING TO FROST AGAIN OR, OR, OR CAN I PLANT THEM????

A little voice yells…

Don’t Risk It!!!

This season will be followed in a few months by its correlate, a season I know as,

“I CAN’T EAT ALL THESE GREEN BEANS!!! AAAAAHHHHHHH!!! THE SUMMER SQUASH IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD!!! TOMATOES!!!!

People will resolve not to plant so much next year. I’ll remember that I don’t really like zucchini (except curried) and how much of that can one little lady eat? When the tomatoes succumb to an early frost (after I’ve covered them numerous times before that event) I’ll sigh with relief. “That’s over.”

After that, things will slowly get good again.

Things being good….

I’m not one of those women who emerges from her back door the first sunny day in March and says, “I just can’t wait to get my hands in the dirt.” Yeah, people say that. Cool people. People I know.

My actual friends!!!!

From this year’s garden experience I’ve learned a few things. Bending down to plant stuff hurts my knees. Carrying 30 pound bags of landscaping bark is OK, but 50 pound bags of dirt is not. I do not enjoy this. Teddy follows my lead and digs anywhere I do. It appears the San Luis Valley is in another drought. It’s hard to tell when the place itself is a desert, but yeah. When spring grass crunches under your feet, it’s a sign. Yesterday I spent hours carefully setting the water. I have an automatic sprinkler system but 1) I don’t know how to turn it on and off seasonally and, 2) I can’t afford the water bill that ensues.

But the iris and peonies are budded out. The Forget-me-Nots are reminding me of their existence. The new leaves on the aspen trees are quaking and shimmering in the wind. The hills are softened and gentle in the evening light. Last evening when I headed out with Bear, a blue-bird called to me and I answered. It was a pleasant — if simple — conversation (my vocabulary is limited). You just have to take the bitter with the sweet, I guess.

The trailer below is from a REAL movie that is incredible funny. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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23 thoughts on “The Frazzled Season

  1. If there’s any more money in your construction budget, a couple of raised bed might be helpful. Much easier on the body, more complicated access for canine excavators, and easier to focally water and protect from the wild elements of the SLV and 7K elevation.

    • I have raised beds. 🙂 They don’t stop Teddy, of course, they’re not very raised, but they involve hauling dirt. I have to use them because of the insidious network of lilac roots that underly the surface of my yard. This year I’ve just been compelled to use the pick-axe (hard on the knees) and I think that’s what’s made the other stuff more difficult than usual. Maybe next year I’ll get a new knee. 🙂

  2. That is one of my favorite B movies.
    I would plant on zucchini. Wait 2 weeks and another. Wait two weeks and plant another.

  3. My husband won’t eat zucchini (courgette), but I’ve found if I grate it he doesn’t notice it. I also get the impression that if you used it as a substitute for carrot in a cake it might be interesting. Will have to find a recipe. Happy spring, hope you get a bit more snow. We may get a few flurries next week. X

  4. We are all a bit frazzled, I think. We planted early — tomatoes mainly. I am not a good gardener, but I love watching it all unfold. Our blooms are almost all gone — a sign that summer is rapidly approaching.

    • I’m no passionate gardener, either, but it always amazes me that I can put some seeds in the ground and dirt and water make food. It’s truly amazing.

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