Yesterday was our community garden association’s first all-garden workday of the year, since the one in May got rained out. I was assigned to the compost pile crew, which involved a lot of pitchforking. Bit by bit, we moved a giant pile of compost about eight feet south, which had the effect of both turning the compost and making room for new stuff to be added. With high humidity and temperatures near 80, I sweated buckets, but it was a great workout. Any longer, though, and I’d have blisters on my hands.
After the workday was over, but before the inevitable afternoon nap, I did a quick survey of my garden plot. There are some new developments. The swiss chard was ready for a first harvest, and my Sungold cherry tomato is on the verge of producing ripe fruit. I’ve also identified that mystery vine from a few weeks ago. It was actually TWO vines intertwined – one a toxic woody nightshade, which I’m in the process of removing, and the other a gorgeous honeysuckle that is now in bloom.