August can be one of those dreadful months in the garden. The weeds always seem to be healthier than what we planted earlier in the season and most, if not all of the wonderful mid-summer blooms start to wind down. This summer slump can be downright ugly. Deadheading and weeding is an out of control chore. You scratch your head and wonder ‘Why the heck are we planting more?”
Here’s a general tip from the National Gardening Association that might give you some hope on conquering the ugly part of the garden – weeds galore. “It's the time of year when garden weeds can get ahead of us. If the weeds in your garden have gotten ahead of you, make your catch-up efforts count. First, pick off any weed flowers that are going to seed to prevent the next generation, then pull or smother the weed plants and top the area with mulch to keep them from coming back.”
So here’s the summer secret said best by Dr. Seuss. “When you're in a Slump, you're not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” So unslump yourself and do what you can in the weeding and deadheading category. Then look beyond to the beautiful parts of the garden you created this year.
P.S. If you are looking for an awesome zucchini, Costata Romanesco is one we planted this growing season. The flavor, texture and size - absolutely phenomenal; the seeds came from Johnny’s in Maine. Happy Monday - it's time to unslump yourself and look for the beautiful in the garden.
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