Memphis Backyard Farmer

No Time For Wimps
August 1, 2011, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Gardening

My wife Stacey, who led the effort to reclaim this community garden in Jackson, Mississippi last week

This is no time for wimps.

This is the time of year where your neighbors discover if you’re a real gardener or not. In Memphis, we’re trending weeks of 100 degree temps with very little rain. Many of my friends have given up on their gardens. The weeds have won. There isn’t enough time to water, harvest, and chase unwanted bugs from the zucchini and beans. Nature has taken back the ground that belonged to it in April, when dreams of Eden drove your offensive into its territory.

But I say “Damn the torpedos, full speed ahead!” Don’t give up!

There is still much life to be had in your garden this season. Much that can be harvested, and, yes, still more that can be planted. Make a truce with Mother Nature, cede the ground you can’t keep, turn her to your side, and enlist her help in making the territory you share useful to both of you.

Charge on!

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