I'm so happy to be home. My husband and I just got back from a two week trip to Alaska. The first half of the trip was spent on a small ship, the National Geographic Sea Lion. I love going on these kind of trips since they are really into education. One of the things they try to educate you on is the seafood that you eat. They won't serve shrimp because of the by catch problems. They only will serve fish that is sustainable and local to the area. The sad part is they don't have a lot of vegetables with their meals (except in salads and soups and I couldn't eat most of the soups). I was really craving them by the time I left the ship.
The second half was at a lodge in Denali National Park. The North Face Lodge is a unique entity. It is owned by a family that has been operating it before the area was in the park. The last time it was before Congress they voted to let them keep it but only those that were born before sometime in the early 70s. So I wonder if it will extended to the next generation or not in the future. But the education programs there are good. They take you on guided walks in the park showing the various ecosystems. Then every evening after dinner they have lectures.
The trip was great, but coming home was hard. I'm a little hazy due to lack of sleep but I think we went about 27 hours straight through to get home. First the bus ride out of the park, then the train to Anchorage, then the red eye to Chicago, then onto Boston. I told myself I was so tired that I wouldn't do anything but look at the garden when I got home. Yeah right. I saw my bean plants were under water stress so I dug down into the soil and it was dry dry dry. So I watered that bed. The main part had obviously been watered earlier in the day. I'm hoping the rock wall garden was too, but I haven't checked yet.
Then I saw the cukes and zukes that were stuffed under the row cover were all mixed up together and trying to break out. So off came the cover. I put up the last part of the trellis for the cukes and strung it with jute. Then I tried to carefully untangle the long cucumber vines from the zukes. I pushed the zukes back to their own side of the bed. I'm sure I did a little injury to all the plants, but I'm also sure they will survive. There are the first little cukes starting to form. So the timing on those were perfect. The zukes on the other hand have been trying to fruit for a while now. So I'll have to go out and pick some small ones. At least now they can all get fertilized.
I did try to plant things so they wouldn't fruit while I was gone and would just start when I got back. The beans have some beans forming. They ought to be covered in blooms but are not so I think they have not been watered enough (the main garden seemed fine - but I don't think the sprinkler went far enough to get some of the beans). And it was hot hot hot last week. We almost hit 100F. Lots of high 90s. This is not usual weather for Boston. Usually our 90s are in the low 90s and we don't get much of that.
The corn is starting to form ears. It won't be too much longer. I could have planted that first set earlier. The melons are starting. Since I'm growing them along the ground this year it is hard to find them. But I will and I'll put them on bricks or stones. I probably won't have a lot of variety to eat for a bit since I delayed the planting of so many things. But that is fine. I've always got chard. And I need to eat those cabbages and carrots I picked earlier. Oh and canned sweet potatoes.
I've got a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks. I need to rip out the old dying plants (like peas and favas that I didn't get to). The weeds are taking over. And I need to get the fall crops started and into the garden. Leaving for two weeks in the heart of the gardening season is hard. Worth it, but hard.