A toast to neglect

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I’ve just returned from two wonderful weeks of camping and cottaging on the Bruce Peninsula with Jen and some close family friends.  I am a avid-to-fanatical gardener, so it was no easy task simply walking away from my garden at the end of June, just as things are getting underway.  How would things turn out without my loving guidance, my careful weeding, and attentive watering?  Oh, well, I shrugged, and off we went.

After two weeks of little rain and scorching heat this is what I returned to.  Unbelievable!  The squash, an uchiki kuri, has spread out from its bed at the back of the yard to cover the compost bins, run the length (25 feet!) of the beds, and seems to be acting as a green mulch for much of the other vegetables.  The onions have been overwhelmed by the squash, I’ll try to get them some light, but the garlic is looking about ready to harvest, the cukes are flourishing, pole beans establishing, and I’m going to eat the last of the early cabbage tonight.  A nice little lesson on how a little neglect can go a long way.  And so I raise my glass. Cheers!

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